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.
August 7, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Colleges Are Using Big Data to Track Students In an Effort to Boost Graduation Rates, But It Comes at a Cost
Jill Barshay and Sasha Aslanian, The Hechinger Report
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More colleges and universities are collecting and crunching vast amounts of data about students to help steer them to courses and majors they can manage and where they're more likely to do well.

Critics, meanwhile, worry that the algorithms may be invading students' privacy and reinforcing racial inequities. The Hechinger Report and APM Reports examine the impact of predictive analytics on the college experience, as well as the effect on boosting retention and getting more students across the finish line.

How Robots and AI Are Changing Job Training
Curt Nickisch, Harvard Business Review
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Matt Beane, assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says robots, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are changing how we train for today's jobs—not just how we do them. A study Beane conducted shows that robot-assisted surgery is disrupting the traditional learning pathway of younger physicians. He says this trend is emerging in many industries, from finance to law enforcement to education. 

In this podcast, Beane shares lessons from trainees who are successfully working around these new barriers. 

Jamie Merisotis
Priced Out of a Dream: Staunton Woman Struggles to Find Her Way Back to College
Rilyn Eischens, Staunton News Leader
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While her roommates are making plans to live together in the same suite during sophomore year, Erika Hernandez—like so many young people in Staunton, Virginia, and across the country—is struggling to pay for her education at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Her family—a Hispanic household in rural Virginia, headed by a single parent for part of her childhood—is well-acquainted with financial pressure. They live a world away from the college admissions scandal, away from connections and rich parents greasing the way. It's a reality where even good grades and effort sometimes are not enough.

California’s New Calbright College Faces Questions Weeks Before Opening
Ashley Smith, EdSource
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With eight weeks to go before the start of classes, California’s new online community college faces questions on whether it will be ready. 

Calbright College began as a project of former Governor Jerry Brown and was funded by the Legislature last year in an effort to improve the workforce prospects of 8 million so-called “stranded” Californians working multiple part-time jobs or stuck in jobs that fail to pay living wages. 

Ensuring Workers’ ‘Soft Skills’ Is No Cushy Job
Holly Zanville, Lorenzo L. Esters, and Ou Lydia Liu, Medium
eHarmony for the Labor Market?
Michelle Weise, Forbes
Connecticut Community Colleges Offer SNAP Scholarship
Jade Allen, Connecticut Public Radio
A Game-Changing Windfall
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
Education Policy Notice on Opportunity Zones
John P. Bailey, American Enterprise Institute
Summit Keynoters: Mentors of Black and Latinx Male Youth Must Stay Focused
Sammy G. Allen, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
By the Numbers: The Cost of Higher Education in Virginia
Rilyn Eischens, Staunton News Leader
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