Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 7, 2018
Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Improving College Affordability
Zakiya Smith, Lumina Foundation
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Increasingly, low-income adults, students of color, and their families aspire to attain a postsecondary credential. At the same time, they believe these credentials are unaffordable, and see increasing prices and levels of debt as barriers to attainment.

Higher Ed Finds Its Voice on PROSPER Act
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Higher education groups have harsh words for the GOP's plan to reshape the federal student aid system and how it holds colleges accountable.
Community Colleges Are Changing the Way We Develop Our Workforce
Liz McCormick, West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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Community and technical colleges fill a key role in producing an educated labor pool with the skills needed for today’s jobs. In West Virginia, the recently introduced Senate Bill 284 aims to cultivate an even stronger workforce by making education at community and technical colleges more accessible. 

As Companies Step Up to Train Workers in Rapidly Changing Technologies, Can Universities Keep Up?
Patti Zarling, Education Dive
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As more businesses require employees with specialized computer, engineering and tech skills, alternative education programs are popping up to provide training for 21st century jobs that some traditional colleges, mired in 19th century teaching styles, aren’t prepared to meet.

Changing the ‘Narrow and Sometimes Elitist Image of Higher Education’
Rich Nickel, The Hechinger Report
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Too few high school students and families are aware of the many higher-education pathways available and the resources in place to support them.

Why an Update of Higher Ed’s Sweeping Framework Could Be Years Away
Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The Senate’s education committee convened on Tuesday to discuss affordability in higher education. The problem was clear: The cost of higher education is rising, and students are having trouble repaying their debt. But there was less consensus on a solution.
The False Choice Between Automation and JobsJames Manyika and Michael Spence, Harvard Business Review
Senate Democrats Issue Principles for Higher Ed Act
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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