Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 12, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How Trade School Can Lead to Jobs or College for These North Kansas City Students
Elle Moxley, KCUR
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These days, 17-year-old Jasmine Bailey's homework consists of learning how to install electrical boxes and frame windows. Bailey is in the inaugural class of the Kansas City Construction Career Academy, a partnership between North Kansas City Schools, Metropolitan Community College (MCC), and JE Dunn Construction.

Students spend their last two years of high school learning a trade while taking college classes at the MCC-Business & Technology campus. Bailey and her classmates will graduate next spring with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in building maintenance and construction.

In Kansas City, workers don’t necessarily need a four-year degree to get a good job, but they do need postsecondary training. That’s why North Kansas City and other districts are trying to close the gap between a high school diploma and a living wage with career and technical education.

Jamie Merisotis
What Community College Students Say Impedes Their Progress
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Most community colleges are aware of the challenges students face if they are working, raising children, or struggling to afford textbooks. But a newly released survey digs into the nuances of those challenges so colleges can pinpoint ways to lift barriers to college completion and prevent students from dropping out.

Researchers at North Carolina State University found that working and paying for expenses were the top two challenges community college students said impeded their academic success. The researchers surveyed nearly 6,000 two-year college students from 10 community colleges in California, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming in fall 2017 and 2018. 

Jamie Merisotis
‘Black Men in White Coats’ Inspires the Next Generation of Black Male Clinicians
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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When a 2013 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges revealed that more Black men applied to and attended medical school in 1978 than in 2011, Dr. Dale Okorodudu stepped up to change that dismal reality by posting a YouTube video about the experiences of Black male physicians.

The effort would eventually turn into Black Men in White Coats, an initiative that aims to increase the number of Black men entering the medical profession through mentoring, exposure, and inspiration in the form of short video profiles of young Black doctors.

Jamie Merisotis
Tone Deaf Advice: What Happens When We Don’t Listen to Students
Dakota Pawlicki, Lumina Foundation
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In January 2018, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government issued an 87-page affordability guide for students that contained cost-cutting suggestions along the lines of “Fire your maid,” and “Do your own laundry instead of hiring a service.”

Senior Lauren Schandevel was one of the many Michigan students who thought that advice was stunningly tone deaf, especially for low-income students struggling to get by. Schandevel decided to do something, bringing together a coalition of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to write their own guide on practical financial advice, employment, housing, scholarships, financial aid, and more.

The guide is one of the ways students on campuses across the country are inserting and asserting themselves into policy and practice decisions. Through their efforts, they are making sure students are heard and accounted for in education reform.

The Proven Value of Workers Over 50
Corita Brown, Next Avenue
Opinion: Michigan Kids Need Career Prep
Patrick Ocharzak, The Detroit News
Given Soaring Costs, Can Students Work Their Way Through College?
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution
WKU Retention Aided by Policy Change
Aaron Mudd, Bowling Green Daily News
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