Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 14, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
No Textbooks, No Lectures, and No Right Answers. Is This What Higher Education Needs?
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In today's rapidly evolving workforce, there continues to be a disconnect between the knowledge acquired in university classrooms and the experience demanded by current jobs. That's where James Madison University's JMU X-Labs program comes in.

Through a blend of interdisciplinary collaboration, project-based learning and unscripted, open-ended research, each course takes students through the long and often aggravating process of developing new ways of thinking about complex problems.

Students might design drones to help with environmental problems, tackle foreign-policy challenges, build autonomous vehicles, or develop solutions to address homelessness in the local community. 

State Announces Program to Help Veterans Transition to Higher Education and Civilian Life
David Jacobs, Louisiana Watchdog
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Louisiana will become the second state in the nation to offer help centers for military veterans on every campus this fall under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state leaders. 

The LaVetCorps program is designed to help veterans returning from active-duty military service successfully transition to college and their local community. Each resource center will be staffed by an AmeriCorps service member who will mentor student veterans in transition, work to increase student veterans' access to federal and state benefits, and try to build a vibrant on-campus veteran community. 
What Does the Future Hold for Hampshire College?
Bob Oakes and Khari Thompson, WBUR
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State lawmakers want stricter oversight of private colleges after Mount Ida College in Newton closed unexpectedly last year. Newly proposed guidelines could make schools prove their financial stability and penalize colleges that choose not to comply. School leaders say the regulations will make things worse for small colleges.

In Amherst, Hampshire College has chosen not to admit a full class this fall and hopes to merge with another institution to avoid closing its doors. President Miriam Nelson talks about the future of the school and others like it in this interview.  
Jamie Merisotis
Developing Rhode Island Into an IT Hub
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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A collaboration that includes the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) aims to increase the number of information technology education and career opportunities in the state—and it could serve as a model that the partnering international company may use in other states.

CCRI is teaming with India-based technology company Infosys on a new center that will develop educational programming to prepare students for the growing number of jobs in the digital economy. The new Digital Economy Aspirations Lab (DEAL), which includes the Rhode Island School of Design as a partner, will serve as the primary training center to develop the workforce needed by Infosys and other technology companies. 

Democratic Contenders' Record on Higher Ed
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Data Analysis Reveals Keys to Student Success
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
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Liz Schlegel and Jen Kimmich, VTDigger
Community Colleges and Transfer
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education
American Council on Education
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