Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
A Generation of Hope
Rachel Fishman, New America
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Nicole Lynn Lewis grew up middle-class, excelled academically in high school, and got accepted to several colleges. For her, college was always in the cards. Then, during her senior year, Lewis became pregnant. 

Although approximately one in four undergraduates cares for a dependent, rarely do they attend the most selective institutions in the nation. This was not the case for Lewis. After taking a year off following high school graduation, Lewis started college full time at the College of William & Mary with her young daughter in toe. Her time in college as a caregiver-student spurred her into starting her own nonprofit, Generation Hope, to support other young parents pursuing their college degrees.

Educating North Dakota's Future Workforce
Sydney Mook, Grand Forks Herald
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A fleet of robots flies overhead. A driverless car takes someone to the grocery store. A computer system can do a person's taxes from just a picture of a tax form.

It all sounds like another sequel to “Back to the Future,” but it’s not. How the workforce is educated, and re-educated, in the years to come will be key for reducing the impact of automation.

‘This Will Be Catastrophic’: Maine Families Face Elder Boom, Worker Shortage in Preview of Nation’s Future
Jeff Stein, The Washington Post
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The disconnect between Maine’s aging population and its need for young workers to care for that population is expected to be mirrored in states throughout the country over the coming decade, demographic experts say. And that’s especially true in states with populations with fewer immigrants, who are disproportionately represented in many occupations serving the elderly.

Experts say the nation will have to refashion its workforce, overhaul its old-age programs, and learn how to care for tens of millions of elderly people without ruining their families’ financial lives.

Jamie Merisotis
Skilled Labor Shortage Highlights the Need for Career Pathways to Construction Jobs
Victoria Lim, WorkingNation
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In spite of recovering major ground after the Great Recession, the construction industry still faces troubling skilled labor shortages.

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, and Ed Brady, president and CEO of Home Builders Institute, discuss where the largest labor shortages are, what is causing it, and how we can replenish the talent pipeline in this industry.

Gender Pay Gap Persists for IT Staffers
David Raths, Campus Technology
Courting New Training Programs
Robert Schmidt, AACC 21st Century Center
SUNY Re-Enrolls Thousands of College Dropouts
Rachel Silberstein, Albany Times-Union
Two Nonprofits That Help Low-Income Students Are Merging
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Associate Degree for Transfer May Help CSU Meet 2025 Goals
Jacob Jackson, Public Policy Institute of California
HBCUs Open Their Doors Wider to International Students
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report/PRI
Postsecondary Transfer and Mobility in Michigan
Michigan College Access Network/Michigan Center for Student Success
The Almanac of Higher Education 2019-20
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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