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 17, 2018
Employment Outcomes Data Is All Over the Place. This Report Suggests Ways to Standardize It.
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

Students don’t always choose where to go to school based on where (or if) it might land them a job. But many do. And for those students, accurate employment outcomes data isn’t always easy to come by.

Reporting requirements vary across educational accrediting agencies and government bodies, ranging from what is considered in-field placement, to how long a graduate must work, and some do not require employment data reporting at all. A new report from the Institute for College Access and Success outlines the challenges around assessing and accessing employment outcomes data, calling the issue a "patchwork of uncoordinated data."

TRIUMPH Program Empowers Minority Males at Community Colleges
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

A notice in his mailbox to join Triton College's Transforming and Inspiring Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education (TRIUMPH) program proved transformative for Brian "BJ" Miller Jr. 

TRIUMPH empowers students to succeed academically, personally, and professionally through intensive mentoring with male professionals and targeted workshops to reduce social, emotional, and non-cognitive barriers to success. To accomplish this, program leaders set learning outcomes for the men to achieve competencies in emotion management, conflict resolution, time management, financial literacy, and utilization of resources.

California Today: Life as a First-Generation U.C. Irvine Student
Jennifer Medina and Jill Cowan, The New York Times
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

The academic quarter at the University of California, Irvine lasts 10 weeks.

But one group of freshmen was given a head start this year. As part of the campus Student Success Initiative, nearly 100 first-generation students were welcomed into dorms this summer, months before the fall quarter began. The program aims to give them access to the same kind of help many students get from parents with more resources.

Growing Blue-Collar Labor Shortage
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
SHARE:  FacebookTwitter

Converging demographic, educational and economic trends have reversed a decades-long trend in the U.S. jobs market, according to a new analysis from the Conference Board, making it harder for companies to find workers in blue-collar and low-paying service occupations than in highly educated, white-collar ones.

Demand for blue-collar workers has grown continuously since the 2008 financial crisis. And shortages are expected to grow in transportation, health-care support, manufacturing, agriculture, mining and construction, in part because of the retirement of baby boomers who held many of these jobs.

Viewpoint: Workforce Solutions Start With All of Us
Jennifer Beahm, Pittsburgh Business Times
Farm Bill Includes Wins for Colleges
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: The NYTimes, College Towns, and Our Rural Economy
Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Birmingham's Brand: Crafting a New Story for the Magic City
Hanno van der Bijl, Birmingham Business Journal
Commentary: Smooth Transition From High School to College, Career
Teresa Lubbers and Jennifer McCormick, Northwest Indiana Times
Student Affairs Goes Digital: Translating Student Support to the World of Online Learning
Kevin Kruger and Dave Jarrat, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Facebook Twitter