Top stories in higher ed for Friday
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, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Detroit Chamber: Metro Students Must Finish Degrees to Find Good Jobs
Alexandra Schmidt, Bridge Michigan
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A new report says many Detroit-area students are not prepared to work where they live. Students are dropping out of the region’s education system at every stage, resulting in a talent pool without the skills and competencies local employers want and need.

Chamber officials hope the findings will lead to more business leaders wanting to join the newly created Detroit Drives Degrees Talent Compact. The effort is designed as a collaborative initiative among regional educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofits to break down barriers to postsecondary educational attainment. 

Jamie Merisotis
How Chambers of Commerce Connections Can Help Align Programming With Workforce Needs
Cindy Miller, The EvoLLLution
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Conversations are taking place in boardrooms across the country about the difficulty in finding and retaining good employees. Collaborative relationships with local chambers of commerce can help postsecondary institutions find solutions to this workforce drought.

Chamber involvement allows colleges to keep students and alumni informed of areas where worker needs are greatest, so they can provide appropriate academic and career advising. Colleges can promote internship experiences for their students by connecting businesses to students eager to learn, as well as provide a potential conduit for permanent employment—a winning scenario for both parties.

Jamie Merisotis
A Multigenerational Workforce Is a Stronger Workforce
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
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Workplace technology has changed drastically. Faced with upskilling or re-entering the job market, many mid-lifers admit to feeling a certain amount of anxiety.

Marci Alboher is vice president of a nonprofit focused on innovating new ways to harness the skills and talents of older adults. In this podcast, Alboher discusses the value of a multigenerational workplace, plus how to better train, then integrate, older adults into today's workforce.

Jamie Merisotis
College Fairs Might Seem Ho-Hum. Until You Meet the Rural Students at This One.
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A college fair might seem superfluous in places where colleges abound. But in this mostly rural swath of the Southwest, where many families don’t live close to a single four-year campus, the Northern Arizona Region College Night spans the distance between higher education and a realm it often overlooks.

For some lucky students, applying to college is routine; in outposts such as Lake Havasu City, Prescott, and Winslow, it can feel like tackling a riddle in a foreign tongue.

UW System Aims to Double Online Enrollment by 2025
Rich Kremer, Wisconsin Public Radio
Blog: The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Education
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
Opinion: Should College Be Free?
Spencer Bokat-Lindell, The New York Times
State Data Partnerships
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Higher Education Commissioner Talks Goals
Madelyn Edwards, Weatherford Democrat
Building a Teacher Pipeline
David Ogul, AACC 21st Century Center
State of Education Report
Detroit Regional Chamber (Michigan)
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