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March 7, 2017

Future of Economic Development Depends On Adaptation

Amy Liu of The Brookings Institution discusses how the pace of change in regional economic development has accelerated. To adapt to this pace of change, local economic development leaders in the public and private sectors will need to ensure that our workforce has the requisite education and digital skills.

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March 5, 2017

‘Conversation Starter’ on Ethical Data Use

New America recently released a five-point framework intended to help colleges navigate the ethical concerns surrounding predictive analytics as they adopt early-warning, adaptive learning, and other data-driven systems. "Using data ethically is complex, and no magic formula exists," the report reads. "This ethical framework is meant to start conversations on campus."

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February 28, 2017

Interview with Raj Chetty on Which Colleges Are Effectively Promoting Mobility

Stanford economics professor Raj Chetty talked with NPR about his work that looked at each college in America and calculated the number of low-income graduates who wound up being top income earners. His work emphasizes the fact that public, less selective institutions have been the most successful in promoting economic mobility by accepting large numbers of low-income students and producing good student outcomes.

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February 26, 2017

Students and Higher Ed Leaders Put Their Faith in Online Classes

As a growing number of students enroll in nontraditional college classes, the value of online education becomes more clear. According to statistics gathered for an Online Learning Consortium infographic, 5.8 million students are now enrolled in online courses, and the majority put tremendous stock in the quality of their education: 90 percent of students say their online learning experiences are the same or better than in-classroom options.

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February 23, 2017

New Survey Reveals how Financial Insecurity Acts as a Barrier to Completion

A new survey of community college students reveals financial insecurity, including rising housing, food, transportation and child care costs can keep them from completing. “We can have all kinds of academic supports in place, but if we don’t come alongside them in this way also and help support them … it won’t matter how much else we do to prop them,” said Evelyn Waiwaiole, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

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