Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 15, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Indiana Has More High-Skill Jobs Than It Can Fill. That's Why Inmates Are Learning to Code.
Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star
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Calvin McCaster is from Chicago, but Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is hoping he'll think of the Hoosier state as home once he's released from the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.

After McCaster has served his time and completed a brand-new computer coding program that Indiana offers to inmates, he'll be the kind of worker Holcomb says Indiana wants and needs. McCaster will be trained in a high-wage, high-demand job and be ready to fill one of the thousands of jobs in need of these individuals. 

Jamie Merisotis
Low-Income Students Told Brown U. That Textbook Prices Limited Their Choices. Here’s What the University Is Doing About It.
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Sometimes, new college-affordability efforts have their roots in student activism.

At Brown University, which gives students wide latitude in choosing courses because of its open curriculum, some low-income students felt hemmed in. They avoided courses that required expensive books and materials, or took such courses and made do without them. Some students even felt they were trading off books for food.

In response, Brown started a pilot program this year to buy required textbooks for some low-income students. The program will expand this fall to cover all incoming freshmen whose financial aid includes university scholarship funds, as well as upperclassmen with a parent contribution of $0. 

Jamie Merisotis
Some Experts Have a New Idea to Help Students Afford College: More Federal Loans
Mikhail Zinshteyn, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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While much attention is being paid to high student debt, a growing chorus is making the surprising argument that students need to be allowed to borrow more. With grants limited and college costs rising, loans can be a lifeline for students who have no other way to afford a degree.

Some students would gladly take on more federal loan debt, but they can’t. The cap on how much students can borrow in federal loans hasn’t budged in more than a decade even as the sticker price of tuition, room and board at public universities has shot up 30 percent in that time. Raising the limits could avoid indebting parents and forcing students to work while in school.

Jamie Merisotis
Coding Bootcamps Eye Universities to Extend Their Reach
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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The coding bootcamp market has seen major swings. Some of the largest programs have shut their doors in the past couple of years. Others have latched on to university brands and the students they attract.

The latest move in the industry happened last week when 2U, a publicly traded online program management (OPM) company, acquired Trilogy Education Services. Founded in 2015, Trilogy helps universities set up and run coding education programs through their extension schools or other branches that provide education and career training to local communities through short-term programs.

Designing a Model for the New Liberal Arts
Lori Varlotta, Association of American Colleges & Universities
Addressing Talent Needs in Southern Arizona
Amber Smith, Inside Tucson Business
Call for Accountability System for All Colleges
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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