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 21, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Why Has Black-Student Enrollment Fallen?
Megan Zahneis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When Leykia Nulan joined the provost’s office at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2015, her mission was to increase the enrollment of Black and other minority students. She soon realized that many promising prospective Black students were never making it into the pool of applicants.

Nulan and her staff took action, partnering with Springfield Public Schools to ensure Amherst faculty and staff members interact face-to-face with students as often as possible. Through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s 100 Males to College program, the university offers mentors and family-oriented activities to prospective students.

Jamie Merisotis
CBE Takes Hold in Texas
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Several community colleges in Texas are adopting competency-based education (CBE) as part of the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) program.

TAB “upends traditional higher education,” says Kelly Carper Polden, assistant director of external relations for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “Traditionally, time is fixed and learning is the variable. But with the competency-based Texas Affordable Baccalaureate degrees, learning is fixed and time is the variable.”

Specifically, TAB calls for institutions of higher education to launch accelerated bachelor’s degrees with the goal of getting students to complete faster and thus save money on tuition.

Jamie Merisotis
Report: Judging Colleges by How Much Recent Graduates Earn Is a Misleading Metric
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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When consumers search the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, the results that come back are ranked by the average salary students make after attending. That’s just one example of the growing use and prominence of early-career earnings data in evaluating colleges.

But new research from the College Board contends the metric can be misleading, and that the amount of money recent attendees make says more about the demographics of the students than it does about the quality of a college’s educational offerings. 
 

Jamie Merisotis
This Is How the Intern Economy Is Shaping the Future of Work
Lydia Dishman, Fast Company
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It's the Catch-22 of the working world: You can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job.

While babysitting, waiting tables, and other part-time jobs have long been the purview of teens looking to pocket some money while waiting to land a “real job,” the skills gained in such positions don’t always equip them for an entry-level gig in a specific profession. That's where internships come in.

Fast Company takes a critical look at today's internship: What’s working, what’s broken, and how to get the most out of the experience—whether you’re an intern or a manager.

Handshake for All
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
New Frontiers in Reskilling and Upskilling
Lynda Gratton, MIT Sloan School of Management
Historic Rise of College-Educated Women in Labor Force Changes Workplace
Likhitha Butchireddygari, The Wall Street Journal
Finance Needs People Who Work Well With Robots
Siobhan Wagner and Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg
Federal Rule Change Likely to Impact International and Immigrant Students
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Erasing the Community College Stigma
Nancy Lee Sánchez, Forbes
Essay: A Sure Bet
Doran Larson, Inside Higher Ed
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