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.
August 13, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Could the P-Tech Schools Model Close the Skills Gap?
Nat Malkus, American Enterprise Institute
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By 2024, the economy will create 16 million jobs that require more than a high school education but not necessarily a college degree. At the same time, community colleges’ on-time graduation rates are under 20 percent.

In this podcast, Grace Suh of IBM discusses an effort to address this challenge. In P-tech schools, students earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree tied to the needs of local industry partners who provide workplace experiences.

Jamie Merisotis
Can Teaching Teens to Rehab Vacant Cleveland Homes Help Close Construction Trades Skills Gap?
Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer
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A tiny gray and cream-colored house has the telltale signs of a rehab in progress: A band saw can be found outside, boxes of vinyl siding await installation, and workers carry paint cans, boards, and other renovation materials.

Inside the home, teenagers are waiting on their supervisor to return with equipment needed to install a kitchen range hood and duct work.

Construction on the Cleveland home is part of Building Great Futures, an initiative of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and Cuyahoga County. The program aims to address several workforce challenges, including a shortage of skilled trades workers, especially African Americans, and preparing young people from high-poverty areas for good-paying, blue-collar careers.

Jamie Merisotis
Recruiting in Rural America
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
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From bold, overarching college pipeline strategies to handwritten notes to families, colleges and universities are identifying ways to reach prospective students from rural America. Many of these students often live in “education deserts” and are less likely to have postsecondary degrees.

The degree-attainment gap between rural and urban areas is particularly evident in North Carolina, where the University of North Carolina system has made it a priority to connect with students in the far corners of the state.

Jamie Merisotis
How Some Colleges Are Helping Freshmen Find Their Academic Focus
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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At many colleges, the wandering approach of deciding on a major is going out of style.

This fall, as part of a multipronged student-success strategy, the entire University System of Georgia is asking incoming freshmen to declare, if not a major, then at least an academic focus area—more generically called a meta-major—before they even set foot on campus.  

The meta-major model is designed through intensive advising to help students find their academic interests, to enroll them in classes where they can explore subjects they might like, and to develop study skills they’ll need regardless of their chosen field. 

Blog: How Higher Ed Is and Is Not Changing
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Blog: Is Online Learning the Electric Car of Higher Ed?
Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
The Texas Tech K-12 Pipeline
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Newsom Appoints 20 to Higher Education Posts
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle (California)
Commentary: State Must Provide School Stability for Foster Youth
Margaret Olmos, Jessica Maxwell, and Vanessa Hernandez, EdSource
All In on Apprenticeships
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
State Unveils Effort to Combat Teacher Shortage
Aaron Mudd, Bowling Green Daily News
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