Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 9, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
For One Manufacturer, Providing Educational Opportunities Is Key to Past and Future Success
Elizabeth Mann Levesque, Brookings Institution
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As the longtime leader of a family owned manufacturing company in Rhode Island called Taco Comfort Solutions, John Hazen White Jr. knows firsthand the hiring challenges facing today's manufacturing firms.

Taco, however, has for many years embraced training and education, provided through partnerships with local colleges and universities. Facing the prospect of widespread turnover in the workforce, White describes his company’s in-house training program as an essential part of the solution. 

Jamie Merisotis
Disconnected: Internet Stops Once School Ends for Many Rural California Students
Sydney Johnson, EdSource
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Walk into any classroom in Alpaugh Unified and you will see teaching and learning using the latest technology. Students collaborate on digital documents, give presentations on interactive whiteboards, conduct research, and even apply to colleges on Chromebooks.

But for many students in Alpaugh, a small rural town about an hour north of Bakersfield in Tulare County, that online connection stops once the school day ends. 

Jamie Merisotis
That Recruitment Letter From Harvard Probably Doesn’t Mean Much
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
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The message, emailed to more than 100,000 high school students, was seductive and flattering: “Your strong grades and standardized test scores indicate to us that Harvard University and other selective institutions may be possibilities for you.”

Harvard encouraged them to apply. But many of the recipients had little chance of getting in, especially if they were Black, according to a new analysis of the university’s admissions data by three economists.

Jamie Merisotis
The Education Department Wants to Streamline Student-Loan Repayments. It Might Not Fix What Ails the Debt-Collection System.
Danielle McLean, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The U.S. Department of Education's NextGen initiative will allow student-loan borrowers to pay off their debt on a single federally operated website, plus get advice on how they can best manage their debt. 

The new portal could help improve the complex and often confusing student-loan repayment system that the country’s 45 million borrowers navigate when paying off the collective $1.5-trillion student-loan debt.

Critics, however, say the new effort is unlikely to absolve the department of its failure to oversee servicers.

Blog: Reimagining College’s Third Year
Steve Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
GCU Broadens Education Access With Full-Tuition Scholarships, Tuition Cost Freeze
Emily Richardson and Graham Bosch, Chamber Business News
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