Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 2, 2019
College Students of the Future Could Get Their Career Prep From Private Companies, Not Universities
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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For Sally Chiu, a 22-year-old who graduated from the University of Houston last year, a degree in management information systems wasn't enough to help her land a job. So she turned to TalentPath, a company that trains entry-level talent through immersive, accelerated learning experiences and then hires individuals out to companies. 

Some believe these types of companies could be part of a suite of firms-including coding boot camps and other short-term training programs-that will transform the path from high school graduation to a first job. Others worry that opening up higher education to non-traditional, often for-profit companies could put students at risk.
Jamie Merisotis
Using Technology to Unlock Prisoners' Potential
Bob Caylor, Focus Magazine
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Brian Hill's social conscience was formed early as part of a California family devoted to serving others. Hill's father, a community college psychology instructor, also taught classes to inmates housed in Folsom State Prison. He used that experience to foster empathy among Brian and his five siblings. 

Brian Hill has since combined that caring spirit with an entrepreneurial drive to build Edovo, a thriving educational software company designed to give incarcerated men and women a leg up on a better future. In just a few years, Edovo has made more than 25,000 tablet computers available in correctional facilities.

Jamie Merisotis
Amid Attempts to Expand Community-College Access, Current Students Struggle to Graduate
Matt Pilon and Sean Teahan, Hartford Business Journal
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Tayyaba Shahbaz graduated from Manchester Community College and is now working for a nearby manufacturer, but that happy ending almost didn’t happen due to an unexpected tuition bill.

Community-college administrators in Connecticut say they've been working to boost degree completion rates, but argue that schools need more money to better support students, many of whom come from lower-income backgrounds and face financial hardships.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: LA Johnson
Why Harvard, Yale and Stanford May Not Be the 'Best' Colleges
Anya Kamenetz, NPR
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When naming a "top" college, you might not think of the City University of New York right away. It's not selective—it serves what one former official called "the top 100 percent." It also has a pretty low graduation rate.

But if you look deeper, at metrics like diversity and sheer number of lives changed, then CUNY can make a strong case.

Outgoing LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow reflects on why a school should be defined by its commitment to great teaching and social equity in this interview.

After All the Fuss About Getting In, How Do Poor Students Survive on Elite Campuses?
Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report
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A new book by Anthony Abraham Jack shows the stark reality of getting into an elite college for many disadvantaged students. 

Jack’s book brings home the pain and obstacles of on-campus poverty and puts the blame squarely on elite institutions for fostering policies that often “emphasize class differences, amplifying students’ feelings of difference and undercutting their sense of belonging."
Jamie Merisotis
Gateway to College Merges With Achieving the Dream
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Achieving the Dream, a national network that promotes community college reform, and Gateway to College, which helps high school dropouts get their diplomas and earn college credits, announced yesterday that they are merging into one organization.

The merger will help both organizations serve socially disadvantaged students, expand dual-enrollment options in community colleges, and connect ATD community college members with disconnected youth.

Building a Talent Pool
Sarah Fister Gale, Chief Learning Officer
UA System's eVersity Goes to Workplaces
Mark Friedman, Arkansas Business Online
Program to Help Latinx Students With College
Irma Mora, The Herald Journal
Opinion: Ohio Excels Will Help Prepare Ohio’s Youth for Tomorrow
Joseph D. Roman and Randell McShepard, The Plain Dealer
Re-Envisioning College Readiness Reforms: Florida's Statewide Initiative and Promising Practices in Other States
Christine G. Mokher, Elisabeth Barnett, Daniel M. Leeds, and Julie C. Harris, Change Magazine
Seeking a Post-Scandal Path Forward
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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