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.
December 6, 2018
Aligning College and Careers: Working With Industry to Shrink the Skills Gap
The EvoLLLution
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Regional economies require programming that responds to job market needs on a local, not state, level. By working closely with local employers, community colleges can ensure that their curriculums closely align with industry needs.

In this interview, Jeff Lynn of the Alabama Community College System discusses the importance of college leaders building relationships with local employers so that students are better prepared for the workforce of today and tomorrow. 

Computer Coding Program Is Expanding to Indiana's Incarcerated Kids
Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star
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Coding is a popular high school class often seen as a direct route to high-paying jobs in the booming tech sector. Starting next year, it's going to be offered to more young Hoosiers: incarcerated youth at Indiana's Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. 

Indiana is extending The Last Mile, a California-based technology and business skills-training program for inmates, to the Pendleton facility with a grant from Google.org. 

Reaching incarcerated individuals is part of Gov. Eric Holcomb's larger effort to bolster Indiana's workforce. In his last State of the State address, Holcomb pledged the state would graduate at least 1,000 inmates annually in certificate programs by 2020. The Last Mile is one small but growing piece of that. It's expected to expand to other facilities in Indiana early next year. 

Automation Threatens Jobs. Can Education Create New Ones?
John Yang, PBS NewsHour
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As automation spreads through the American economy, experts say its impacts will be uneven. Key factors in determining that effect include geography and race, but likely even more important is education. With the rapid pace of technological evolution, will job training be able to keep pace? 

Boosting educational opportunities could determine whether an area like the Inland Empire of California thrives or struggles. The region is home to about 4.5 million people, more than half of them Hispanic.

Sixty-three percent of the jobs in the Inland Empire could be automated in the future. And Hispanics are 25 percent more likely than whites to hold those jobs.

Top Colleges Seeking Diversity From a New Source: Transfer Students
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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More elite schools are taking steps to diversify their campuses. Just 3 percent of enrollment at these top colleges are students from low-income students. And a proven ground for recruiting smart, low-income students is through transfers, especially from community colleges.

Private colleges across the county have embraced this method: Amherst College in Massachusetts hosts job fairs and open houses for community college students; the University of Southern California has one of the largest transfer programs among elite schools, with about 1,500 students getting slots each year. In Minnesota, several of the state's private colleges have transfer agreements with local community colleges, and similar agreements are happening across the country.

One Way to Set Up Liberal-Arts Majors for Success: Focus on Skills
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Agencies at Loggerheads Over Gainful-Employment Data
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
BranchED Initiative Fosters Innovation in Teacher Preparation Programs at MSIs
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Completion (and Other) Rates Hold Steady
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
An Early Look at Student Completion Data
National Center for Education Statistics
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