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.
February 1, 2019
Expectations Build for College Transparency Legislation
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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When California governor Gavin Newsom offered his inaugural state budget, it included a proposal that was familiar to participants in one of the longest-running debates over higher ed policy in Washington.

Newsom called for investing $10 million in a data system that would track outcomes in K-12, higher education, and the work force. Such a system would allow the state to monitor the success of individual schools in getting students to and through college and into well-paying jobs. His proposal was the latest illustration of how state leaders are looking for workarounds for the current federal ban on collecting student-level data, a prohibition that has a strong chance of being overturned in the new Congress.
Moving Forward: Education Leaders Making a Difference
Dakota Pawlicki, Today's Students, Tomorrow's Talent
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Across the country, leaders in education are working to make college accessible and affordable for both traditional students and adults who want to go back to school to complete the degrees that in many cases they started years ago. 

Dr. Shanna Jackson is one of those leaders. As the new president of Nashville State Community College, she runs a college that serves seven counties. She envisions a system where all students have been given a case manager who can address the issues each individual faces, whether that's the costs of textbooks and travel to and from campus or childcare and food insecurity.

How Do schools Train for a Workplace That Doesn’t Exist Yet?
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
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Chris Burns work for a business near Cincinnati that sells cloud computing and other technology services. He says there is a big shortage of skilled IT employees both nationally and in his metro area. His company has started working with local high schools to introduce students and teachers to tech tools and career paths, but he wonders whether it’s enough and what sorts of approaches he ought to be taking given the uncertainty around what jobs will look like in the future.

Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, says schools just aren't going to be able to keep up with every tech development. Learning will have to take place on the job. Internships are a viable way for companies to offer students a chance to get both a taste of a career and pick up new skills, says. Older workers also need employers to step in and help them train on new tools and technologies.

Today's Students: A Policy Roadmap for Student-Parents in California
Young Invincibles
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Affordability is one of the biggest barriers to higher education for all kinds of students. But for students who are also parents, the cost of college can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

In California, there are 380,000 student-parents. In addition to financial burdens, students must balance work, home, and school. In turn, these challenges contribute to lower-than-average graduation rates.

A new report from Young Invincibles outlines what California needs to do to create an environment that allows student-parents to thrive and succeed. 
A Small New England College Struggles to Survive
Jon Krakauer, The New York Times
Flying the Friendly Skies With RCTC
Matthew Stolle, The Post-Bulletin (Minnesota)
Push for More Innovation
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Georgia Students’ Struggle to Pay Tuition Puts Pressure on Legislators
Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Opinion: Working to Reduce Our Talent Gap
Brandy Johnson and Tim Daman, Lansing State Journal (Michigan)
Young, Black, and Houseless: An Analysis of LA County Black Homeless Student Population
The Black Male Institute at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
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