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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 14, 2018
Ex-Cons Get a Deeper Look From Employers in Tight Minnesota Job Market
Martin Moylan, MPR News
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Adoniyah Israel learned welding, machining, and computer science while serving nearly 24 years in prison for homicide. That training behind bars helped him land a job at a metal-working shop after his release in February.

The pay is decent, he says, and the job comes with health and dental benefits. 

Doors are opening wider lately for many ex-offenders, people who've historically had the hardest time landing jobs. With Minnesota's near-record jobless rate and more openings than people looking for work, observers say employers' attitudes are shifting on the value of the roughly 320,000 Minnesotans—about 8 percent of the state's adults—with felony records.

A Guarantee of Tuition-Free College Can Have Life-Changing Effects
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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A new study finds that a few extra dollars on a university’s part might go a long way in terms of changing that calculus for low-income students. The working paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, examined the effects of a targeted-outreach campaign for low-income students at the University of Michigan.

The campaign, known as the High Achieving Involved Leader (hail) Scholarship, encourages highly qualified, low-income students to apply to the university, promising them four years of education free of tuition and fees. Students are sent a personalized mailing with all of the information, which costs the university less than $10 each to produce and send out; the students’ parents and school principals are also contacted separately. And the offer of free tuition isn’t contingent upon filling out financial-aid forms such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

High School Aviation Program Aims to Stave Off the Pilot Shortage
Victoria Pasquantonio, PBS NewsHour
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Jonas De Leon used to watch jets zooming by overhead from the porch of his childhood home, dreaming of what it would feel like to fly. De Leon learned to fly at the age of 17. Now a science teacher at Gregorio Luperón High School for Science and Mathematics in Manhattan, he’s part of a small national program introducing students to aviation.

This fall, Gregorio Luperón, a school where 100 percent of the students are recent Latino immigrants, is one of 80 public, private, or charter schools in the U.S. to participate in the first year of a four-year STEM aviation curriculum created by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest community of private pilots.

‘Fail State’ Confronts For-Profits and Laments the Disinvestment in Publics
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Alex Shebanow is an unlikely scourge of for-profit education. He’s not an academic or a professional policy wonk. He isn’t even 30 yet. But as director of the new documentary film Fail State, he goes after for-profit colleges with a ferocity that belies an otherwise gentle demeanor.

Fail State is debuting on STARZ on Monday, Dec. 17. The film tells two stories of the rise of the for-profit sector and state disinvestment in public institutions. 

Universities Develop Curricula for the Era of AI
Sara Castellanos, The Wall Street Journal
The Degree Rules, for Now
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
The Future of Workplace Learning, Skills, and Economic Mobility
Roselyn Miller and Mary Alice McCarthy, New America
Report on Funding Free College Programs
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Universities Can’t Afford to Overlook Technology as a Retention Tool
David Ballard, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
A College Experiment That Really Worked
David Leonhardt, The New York Times
Experts Tie Student Success to Bridging Education and Workforce
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Educational Credentials Come of Age
Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy
To Improve Community College Transfer in Texas, Students Need Better Information
Advisory Council - The University of Texas at Austin
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