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Here are some new resources and news for the field of higher education.

Creating College Credit Policies That Validate Adult Learners  This Ed Note blog post is the third in a series following the Supporting Adult Learners for Postsecondary Success convening, it explores the credit options available to adult learners and it comes from Iris Palmer, senior policy analyst at New America.

MA – Green Light for Competency-Based Teacher Ed  The program, first announced in 2015, will be competency based, without formal requirements regarding courses, credit hours or semesters, instead requiring students to show mastery in areas and subjects relevant to teaching. (Inside Higher Ed)

Without Changes in Education, the Future of Work Will Leave More People Behind  New Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows big employment gains in health care, social aid. (Hechinger Report)

Data on Community College Grads Who Earn Graduate Degrees  The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released new data on the numbers of graduate and professional degree earners who first began their postsecondary studies at a community college. (Inside Higher Ed)

Shaking Up the Decision-Making Channels in Postsecondary Governance  This Ed Note blog post looks at four states that have recently changed the decision-making channels in higher education — which is not a minor undertaking and not without trade-offs, notes Mary Fulton.

New Policy Snapshot Examines Attainment Goals and Plans  By 2020, 65 percent of job vacancies are projected to require education beyond high school, reinforcing the need to increase the number of Americans with college credentials. See how states are creating plans to reach their attainment goals in a new Policy Snapshot: Attainment Goals and Plans.

The State Imperative: Aligning Tuition Policies with Strategies for Affordability  The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) has released its eighth report on state policies and procedures regarding tuition/fee rates and financial aid. The report focuses on the policies that establish and regulate college costs and the various state actors and entities involved.

Illinois Puts Student Loan Rights into Law  Student loan services will now be required to explain all re-payment options to lenders. The House voted 98-16 to override the governor’s veto of the Student Loan Bill of Rights Tuesday. The measure now becomes law. Any student looking to borrow money will be given income-driven plans to pay back the money.

Making College Affordable: New Report Calls For Greater Transparency In Financial Aid Practices  Low-income students are eight times less likely to earn a college degree than their higher-income peers.

Upcoming Webinar: “Connecting Secondary Students to Apprenticeship Programs”   On November 20, from 2-3 pm ET, there will be a webinar on “Connecting Secondary Students to Apprenticeship Programs.” The description for the webinar notes that, “During this second webinar in a two-part series, OCTAE welcomes the release of technical assistance resources to assist state and local leaders in initiating or expanding the alignment between existing CTE and apprenticeship programs based on project findings. Presenters from Vivayic, RTI International, and the Tech Ready Apprentices for Career in Kentucky (TRACK) program will introduce the resources and discuss potential application for CTE and apprenticeship stakeholders.”

A Lack of Tuition Strategy  Setting tuition at public colleges and universities is no simple task. Governors and lawmakers approve different levels of state funding to subsidize higher education from year to year. (Inside Higher Ed)

Top Universities Are Shutting Out Poor Students, Report Says  Since the late 1990s, almost two-thirds of selective public universities have reduced the share of students they enroll who come from families earning less than $37,000 a year, according to a report released Thursday by New America. What does this mean for the next generation of struggling students? (Washington Post)

Revised Data Shows Community Colleges Have Been Underappreciated  Community colleges emerge as better performers under revised federal graduation rates. Most community college students are non-traditional: adults, parents, people with full-time jobs, and people returning to school after years away. They take longer to graduate than the three years that the U.S. Department of Education had used to gauge success.  (New York Times)

TN Graduates with Tech Degrees Soon Will Come with ‘Warranty’ on Skills  Beginning next fall, new graduates of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology or similar technical programs offering certificates and degrees from state community colleges will come with an eye-catching “warranty” for prospective employers. (Times Free Press)

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