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 16, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How One State Plans to Recover From Higher Ed Divestment
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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As automation replaces millions of low-skill jobs in the United States, the economies of some states that rely on manufacturing or have large rural regions are left particularly vulnerable.

Higher education leaders in Louisiana have a plan to help their workers adapt. Earlier this year, the state's board of regents laid out a new attainment goal. Board members are aiming to raise the share of adults ages 25 to 64 who hold a postsecondary credential from 44 percent to 60 percent. They also want to double the number of credentials produced annually by 2030. 

Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed describes how the state plans to reach those goals in this interview. 

Jamie Merisotis
Hunger on New Jersey Campuses Is More Common Than You May Think
Sheila Noonan and Leah Mishkin, NJ Spotlight
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Hunger is an unwelcome staple at college campuses across New Jersey. More than a third of college students don’t always have enough to eat, studies show. With about 240,200 full-time undergraduates in the state, that means about 80,000 could be going to classes hungry. 

New Jersey colleges are stepping up efforts to ease hunger among students, aided by educational and community nonprofit organizations, a $1 million state grant program, and new state SNAP rules designed to make more students eligible for the benefits. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Luna Anna Archey
In Rural Colorado, the Kids of Coal Miners Learn to Install Solar Panels
Nick Bowlin, High Country News
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Xavier Baty acknowledges that he hasn’t always been the most enthusiastic science student at Delta High School. This class, however, is different. It provides much more than the science credit needed for graduation; it positions him for a career in solar energy or the electrical trades.

Programs like Delta High School’s solar training also play a key role in filling the economic hole left by the dying coal industry. In areas where the mines once provided steady employment, solar energy now offers jobs for the next generation. 

Jamie Merisotis
Waves of Change: Adapting District Strategy and Culture to Prepare All Students for the Future
Shelia Jackson and Sarah Hooker, Jobs for the Future
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Attempting to change the culture and expectations of a deeply rooted American institution—the traditional high school—can feel like pushing a boulder up a mountain. But it can be done—and in a relatively short period of time.

This report shows how one of the largest school districts in Ohio has done just that, while doubling college course taking and raising expectations for all students.

Feds Drop Experiment on Competency-Based Ed
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Study Outlines Role of Student Supports in College Success
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
A Cash-Strapped University Bet on Student Success—and Grew
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Extending the Pathway
Steve Fast, AACC 21st Century Center
Blog: Hidden Pockets of Promise: A Close Look at Potential Completers
Hadass Sheffer, Annette B. Mattei, and Iris Palmer, New America
Federal Loans and ISAs
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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