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 24, 2018
Are America's Colleges Promoting Social Mobility?
Emily Hanford, APM Reports
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Stories of upward mobility were once a key feature of American life. Children born in the 1940s were almost guaranteed to grow up and earn more than their parents did.

But upward mobility has stalled, according to Brown University economist John Friedman. In this podcast, economists dig into the data to understand which colleges and universities are doing the most to help revive the American Dream. 
High-Paying Jobs Go Begging While High School Grads Line Up for Bachelor’s Degrees
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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A growing economy needs an array of workers with an array of talent. This includes the skilled trades. 

More states are taking note. California is spending $200 million to improve the delivery of career and technical education. Iowa community colleges and businesses are collaborating to increase the number of "work-related learning opportunities," including apprenticeships, job-shadowing, and internships. Tennessee has made its technical colleges free.

For Some States, College Dropouts Are an Untapped Recruitment Pool
Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
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More states are trying to convince working adults to return to campus to finish their degrees.

Tracking down former students can be challenging. Tennessee has bought billboard ads and advertises on television and radio to engage students to return to college. It also deploys "reconnect ambassadors" to help adult learners complete registration and financial aid processes, as well as make sure they find resources for child care and existing debts. 

ASU + GSV Summit: Focus on the Skills Gap and Retraining Workers
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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ASU + GSV Summit co-founder Deborah Quazzo discusses the impact of the talent gap on today's workforce and what can be done to create a more robust pipeline of skilled workers for the future.
Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class
Patricia Cohen and Robert Gebeloff, The New York Times
Blog: States Equip Employers to Drive Apprenticeship
Martha Ross and Kimberly Hauge, The Avenue
Understanding Endowments
The Urban Institute
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