Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 10, 2018
CUNY’s Intensive Remedial Ed Semester Showing Success
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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A preliminary report about a City University of New York initiative that provides a semester of intense remedial instruction before students enroll in a degree program says this method may be key to helping underprepared students overcome significant academic shortcomings.

The report by MDRC is based on the early findings of an evaluation of the CUNY Start initiative, which involves students taking a semester of intensive remedial math, reading and writing prep courses before they begin college-level work. The program also includes academic advising, tutoring, and a weekly college skills-building seminar. 
Living the College Dream: High-Performing, Low-Income Students Reach for the Nation’s Top Colleges
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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After finishing 11th grade as the top student in her class this year, Maria Selene Castillo took a summer job where her mom works—a grape field near their home in California’s Coachella Valley. But the soon-to-be senior has big dreams, far beyond the fruit and vegetable fields wedged between a trio of mountain ranges southeast of Los Angeles.

The University of Southern California's Bovard Scholars program is helping Castillo and other academically exceptional high school students achieve those dreams. The three-week, all-expenses-paid, intensive residency for low-income students empowers learners with personalized guidance, accelerated academic support, and information so that they too can gain entry into the nation's elite private and public colleges and universities.

As part of the program, participants learn how to navigate the complex admissions and financial aid process, explore test-taking strategies, find out about tools and resources available on a college campus that support success, and more. 

After Recessions, Why Do Some Jobs Disappear Forever?
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During the financial crisis of 2008, employment fell dramatically, as was expected. But in the economic recovery that followed, only certain jobs bounced back. A research paper by Wharton finance professor Nikolai Roussanov looks at this phenomenon and correlates it with technological adoption by companies during a down economy.

In this podcast, Roussanov explains the scope and goal of the research, as well as offers insight into the need for retraining and "upskilling" for jobs of the future. 

Panicked Universities in Search of Students Are Adding Thousands of New Majors
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Faced with declining enrollment and a more competitive market, universities and colleges across the country are investing scarce resources in large numbers of new programs they hope will spur demand. 

Certificate programs in particular, which often target working adults and typically take less time than it does to get degrees, have become a hot commodity. The number of certificates offered since 2000 at public universities and colleges has doubled and at private, nonprofit institutions it has increased by nearly 40 percent.
Facing a Critical Pilot Shortage, Airlines Scramble to Hire New Pilots
Robert Wall and Andrew Tangel, The Wall Street Journal
Study: Autonomous Driving Won't Displace Truckers
Dustin Walsh, Crain's Detroit Business
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