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 15, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
In Dealing With Campus Hunger, One Solution Is to Spread the Word About What Can Help
Zipporah Osei, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that in the face of a growing campus hunger problem, many colleges are taking matters into their own hands by starting campus programs like food banks and meal-sharing services.

Joy Kostansek, a graduate student at Ohio University, is committed to helping university administrators do just that. In 2018, the university became one of a few institutions with a campus location that accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, benefits. The campus food bank is stocked with fresh produce from a student farm and offers micro-loans to students who need emergency funds.

In this interview, Kostansek offers insight on the emotional toll hunger takes on students and how administrators can encourage their students to help solve food insecurity on campus. 

Higher Ed Is Pushing STEM Diversity, But Is Change Happening Fast Enough?
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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For more than a decade, Keith Harmon has helped oversee a rare success story in higher education. Harmon is the director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, an initiative started 30 years ago at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County that has enabled the college to make serious inroads in bridging equity gaps in STEM education.

The idea behind the program is simple. With the right supports, namely, a sense of a community and regular advising, underrepresented students in STEM can go further in their education and careers. 
Report: Technology Advancements Causes Changes in American Workforce
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A new report from the Southern Region Education Board examines how technology and automation are changing the job market, and what states can do to prepare adults for the new workplace. The report analyzes shifts from low- to middle-skills jobs, details current education levels, and offers recommendations for retooling adult education programs.
Jamie Merisotis
Indianapolis Partners With School to Build Homes
Ben Lashar, Indianapolis Recorder
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Home is where the heart is, but the heart usually prefers a place with at least four sturdy walls and a solid roof. To that end, the city of Indianapolis and the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township are partnering together to address two issues facing the city: a housing gap and the shortage of skilled construction workers.

As part of the program, students erect a house over the course of a school year. They will take a bus to a worksite, learn proper safety procedures, use tools, develop construction skills, and work like professionals for 90 minutes every day for five days a week. 

The Economic Gains (Yes, Gains) of a Liberal Arts Education
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Stories abound about liberal arts college graduates doomed to a life of poverty, paying back their student loans while living in their parents' basement. But a new analysis from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the economic payoff of a liberal arts college education shows otherwise. 

The report says the claims that a liberal arts degree isn't worth its cost or will hurt a graduate's career prospects prove untrue. Specifically, it says attending a liberal arts college for most students leads to meaningful economic mobility.
Trade-Offs Matter When Looking Abroad for Higher Education Solutions
Jason D. Delisle and Alex Usher, American Enterprise Institute
An Essential Education for All Students
Terry O'Banion, AACC 21st Century Center
CCCSE Report Underscores TCUs’ Role in Higher Education
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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