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

Three Ways to Help More Low-Income Students Get Through College  More low-income students are getting into college than ever before. That’s the good news. The bad news? They’re not getting out, and those who do often have nowhere to go. (The Hechinger Report)

Phasing out Remedial College Education Could Help More CO Students Earn Their Degrees  House Bill 1206 requires that by 2022, public colleges and universities end the practice of placing students directly into basic skills classes that don’t provide college credit, with an exception for a small number of students who may still choose to take those classes. (Chalkbeat)

Common Elements of Developmental Education Policies  Building off the 50-State Comparison: Developmental Education Policies, this Policy Brief identifies common elements of developmental education policies at the system and state levels: college readiness assessments, assessment cut scores, multiple measures for course placement, innovative course models and reporting requirements. The policy examples reviewed demonstrate how states and postsecondary systems guide student assessment and placement into either college-level courses or developmental courses, encourage best practices with new instructional methods and establish accountability.

New vision for higher education in New Jersey aims to keep students in the Garden State New Jersey officials on Tuesday released a new vision for higher education in the state that will aim to improve affordability and access, and try to persuade more students to stay in the Garden State for college.  “I’m tired of New Jersey’s leading export being college-bound high school seniors,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during a news conference at Rutgers-Newark, where he was joined by college presidents and state higher education officials.

The Evolving Mission of Workforce Development in the Community College   Postsecondary workforce development is one of the major innovations of the modern community college. In a workforce approach, curriculum is driven by the needs of local industry, course delivery systems are sufficiently flexible to meet the diverse needs of students and industry, and students experience a mixture of work-based and classroom learning. These features combine to help students succeed at a postsecondary education and gain important training with less than a four-year degree. This paper describes how community colleges came to be a major resource for the nation’s workforce development requirements and discusses the ways this role continues to evolve to meet the needs of students, employers, and local communities. The authors conclude by identifying major trends that will inform the future of workforce development in the American community college. (Community College Research Center)

As Higher Ed Eyes Adult Learners, Community Colleges Add Supports  Two-year institutions are looking beyond academics to create guided pathways to help this coveted group of students graduate or transfer. (Education Dive)

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