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 22, 2018
There’s a Shortage of Welders. Will More Women Fill the Gap?
Liana Aghajanian, The Atlantic
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Past efforts to attract women to welding have had underwhelming results. Women Who Weld and other similar initiatives aim to change that.

Instead of enticing women into established programs dominated by men at trade schools and colleges, they’re changing the programs altogether. Alternative instruction models are offering classes exclusively for women, many of which are taught by female instructors, and providing subsidized costs and intensive programs that are more affordable and take less time to complete than traditional classes.

‘I Thought Everyone Else Deserved to Be There and I Didn’t’
Andrew Moe, The Hechinger Report
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Access and inclusion do not stop at the front door of the admissions office. This year, more than 20 million students will be enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions in America. While students with funding and family support are likely to feel typical jitters, there’s a whole different level of stress for first-generation and low-income college students.

Some of them won’t show up.

In response, first-generation support offices and centers are popping up on campuses to help this growing population navigate the often-confusing terrain of college. Innovative programs and policies also are getting more admitted first-generation, low-income students to show up to campus.

With Tennessee Reconnect, Community Colleges See More Applicants—and More Adult Students
Emily Siner, Nashville Public Radio
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Community colleges in Tennessee are likely to see an influx of adult students as they start classes in the coming days, thanks to the official roll-out of the Tennessee Reconnect grant. Higher education officials say the number of adult learners at some colleges could increase by 50 or 60 percent. 

Tennessee Reconnect covers tuition for people who have yet to complete a college degree; the effort is a sister initiative to the nationally lauded Tennessee Promise program for graduating high school seniors. Many colleges have put in place a number of programs and services to assist the expected increase in nontraditional students. This includes special support offices and admissions advisers who also are adult learners.

‘A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College’
Doug Lederman and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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When he co-founded University Ventures in 2012, Ryan Craig took turns describing the private equity fund as focused on “establishing next-generation postsecondary education companies through partnerships with traditional colleges and universities” and as a “fund focused on innovation from within higher education.”

In this Q&A, Craig talks about his new book on the emergent landscape of new credentials, providers, and pathways aimed at helping people find jobs and the implications for traditional higher education.

With Employers in the Mix, Can Badges Become More Than a Fad?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The Chronicle of Higher Education
New Laws Will Promote Higher Education in New Jersey
Claire Lowe, Press of Atlantic City
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