Around the industry: LeBron James launches institute to promote college completion

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  • Missouri: Missouri introduced a new initiative Wednesday aimed at helping students graduate on time and leave college with less debt. The Missouri Department of Higher Education is working with Complete College America to promote the "15 to Finish" initiative, which encourages students to take 15 credit hours each semester (Jost, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/13). 
  • Ohio: Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player LeBron James is creating an institute through the University of Akron (UA) to help at-risk students in Akron Public Schools graduate from the university. The initiative is part of a pledge James made in 2015 to send students who complete his foundation's mentoring program and qualify for financial aid to UA at no cost (Vardon,, 10/13).
  • Washington: Boeing has awarded $1,000,000 in grants to the University of Washington (UW), Washington State University (WSU), and Seattle University (SU) to promote careers in aviation. SU's College of Science and Engineering received $250,000 to boost retention rates for underserved student groups, UW received $500,000 to help underserved high school students attend the university, and WSU received $250,000 to develop new coursework and supply new labs at its North Puget Sound campus, which is set to open in 2017 (Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, 10/12). 

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