Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 17, 2019
Could an Idea for Fighting Poverty Be Worth a Billion Dollars?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Despite an improving economy, many Americans see their work contributions met with a small slice of the nation's income. The $1 Billion Wage Gain Challenge from Jobs for the Future is based on the belief that wage gains are a linchpin to America's long-term economic strength.

At the recent ASU GVS summit, the challenge winners took the opportunity to better outline how to help at least 100,000 people in poverty get the education they need to raise their incomes by $10,000 or more by 2021.
Jamie Merisotis
A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
Jason M. Bailey, The New York Times
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With the retirement of baby boomers in full swing, the construction industry is grappling with its biggest challenge: refilling its pool of employees. But it faces significant resistance among younger workers. Many of them consider the field unstable after six years of double-digit unemployment in the wake of the Great Recession. 

Some construction companies are trying to attract the generation that grew up playing video games with a novel approach: innovative simulators designed to replicate jobs done by heavy equipment.

Jamie Merisotis
Community Colleges Embracing 'Guided Pathways' See Payoff
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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The idea of creating "guided pathways," or a system that encourages students to develop a road map early in their education, is taking hold at community colleges across the nation. The model has promise for improving student outcomes, but experts say data monitoring and campuswide collaboration are critical.

Cream of the Crop
Community College Daily
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Lee College in Huntsville, Texas, has been involved with correctional education for more than half a century. Paul Allen, a business management professor at the college, is a key player in that work.

Allen has developed a number of innovative strategies to help students become successful employees and entrepreneurs upon their release from prison. This includes a curriculum that encourages open dialogue and discussion, simulations of real-world systems such as the stock market, and hosting motivational speakers from among business leaders and ex-offenders.  

Allen and community colleges in California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas were honored earlier this week during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Awards of Excellence Gala for their work in advancing access and success for students.
Putting People First
Agatha Bordonaro, Chief Learning Officer
Opinion: Vital Community Colleges Forced to Scale Back
Nick Keough and Adrienne Mitchell, The Register-Guard
A Risky Bet
Third Way
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