Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 11, 2019
Western Governors U Launches College Readiness Pathway
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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College readiness, or the lack of it, is one of the primary barriers to opportunity for many Americans, particularly those who are part of underserved or disadvantaged populations.

Western Governors University hopes to fill this void with the creation a new online college readiness initiative that will help aspiring students prepare for undergraduate degrees at WGU or other institutions. 
Jamie Merisotis
Former Inmate, Now UMPI Student, Highlights Benefits of Second Chances
Anthony Brino, The County
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Shyquinn Dix is wrapping up his sophomore year as a student-athlete at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Dix has more than grades and basketball on his mind; he wants to prove to his family, friends, and to himself that second chances matter.

Dix grew up in Stamford,Connecticut. He was serving a four-year sentence for check fraud when he enrolled in a German-inspired Connecticut prison intervention program for young adults. Known as TRUE, the program takes young prisoners into a new housing wing and offers mentorship, job and skills training, and personal development classes with the goal of lowering the recidivism rate for former inmates.

Jamie Merisotis
More Employers Turning to Apprenticeships to Build Talent Pipeline
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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It's become a common theme among business leaders: not enough people to meet the demand of available jobs. The reasons are partly structural, partly locational, and partly cyclical. But the main reason is a lack of skills. 

In response, many employers are adopting work-based training programs aimed at preparing individuals of any age to meet sophisticated talent needs. Offering a broad array of career pathways, these modern apprenticeships combine classroom learning and on-the-job training.

Fewer Schools, More Accountability: How For-Profit College Bills Could Affect California
Felicia Mello, KQED
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Jeanny Morris had a young child and a resume of dead-end retail jobs when she enrolled in the Marinello Schools of Beauty cosmetology program. She used her welfare benefits to pay for transportation to and from school where, she says, staff pressured her to take out student loans to pay for supplies they had previously promised to provide.

A federal regulation called the gainful employment rule aims to protect students like Morris from incurring large debts for career education that doesn’t pay off. But with the Trump administration vowing to repeal the Obama-era rule, California could soon put in place its own law requiring vocational programs to demonstrate that they can place students in jobs that pay well enough to cover their loans.
Purpose as Well as Paycheck
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: STEM Skills Vital to Rural Students, Too
Kevin Chase, Yakima Herald-Republic
Foster Youth Lag in Educational Attainment
Jill Sheridan, WFYI (Indiana)
Three Quick Tips to Make Your Students’ Experience More Equitable
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: College Admission Scandal Defined by All the ‘What Ifs”
Jennifer Myers and Tracy L. Henry,  South Jersey Times
In Many States, Higher Education Has Been Left Behind Since the Recession
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Press ‘Reset’ for More Students?
Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed
America Needs More Immigrants—of All Kinds
James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute
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