Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
New Manufacturing Partnership Targets Filling 3,000 Jobs in Greater Cleveland
Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer
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Greater Cleveland manufacturers are touting a new plan for hiring 3,000 people in the next three years and setting them on career pathways as part of a larger effort to close the skills gap.

The sector partnership, led by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, or MAGNET, is designed to work on long-term solutions aimed at making Greater Cleveland the nation’s “manufacturing capital.” The goal is for employers, nonprofits, funders, educational institutions, and others concerned with workforce-development issues to work collaboratively.

Jamie Merisotis
College Admissions: Taking Privilege Down a Notch?
Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor
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In the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, leaders of selective colleges maintain that their admissions policies are sound and backed by integrity. But a bigger concern could be the ever-growing sense that entrance into elite institutions, even public ones, is stacked in favor of the wealthy.

The pressure is on to consider deeper changes to make admissions more equitable—putting less weight on “legacy,” for instance, and more on legwork, like a teen’s part-time job to put food on the table.  

Jamie Merisotis
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The Pre-College Racket
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
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The popularity of summer pre-college programs suggests that many teenagers and parents see them as a good way to get a leg up on college admissions. And many universities, including Columbia and Johns Hopkins, explicitly encourage that belief.

But some admissions experts believe that, when it comes to getting into college, the benefits of most pre-college programs are negligible. Instead, the big winners are the schools themselves, which use pre-college programs to generate millions of dollars in revenue while relying on marketing practices that oversell the programs’ benefits, including elaborate admissions processes that imply a misleading degree of selectivity.

Jamie Merisotis
A Private College Degree for Less Than $9,000: How a 10-Year-Old School Is Disrupting Higher Education
Tad Walch, Deseret News
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A tiny pilot program that began with 50 students will celebrate its 10th anniversary this fall as a colossal global institution with at least 45,000 students and a mushrooming global footprint.

BYU-Pathway Worldwide now offers a full private college education to U.S. students for less than $8,760. BYU-PW tuition prices drop even lower—often far lower—in other countries, providing opportunities for a university education to capable students who before could only dream of them. 

Even Some College Tends to Pay Off
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Filling the Pipeline for Water Tech Jobs
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Three Trends of Note; Plus a Milestone for a 'Free College Venture'
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
New Initiative Tackles Graduate Student Mental Health
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Students on Both Ends of the Economic Spectrum Face Challenges in College
Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro, The Washington Post
The Value of an Incomplete Degree
University of New York’s Graduate Center/University of Texas at Austin’s Office of Strategy and Policy
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