Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 18, 2019
He Beat the Odds. His Research Focuses on Those Who Don’t.
Chris Quintana, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Anthony Abraham Jack's book, The Privileged Poor, offers insight into how and why disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges and what schools can do differently to help these students thrive. 

Jack's research reveals that the struggles of less privileged students continue long after they arrive on campus. Admission is not the same as acceptance. In many cases, elite colleges widen rather than narrow the gulf between the wealthy and the poor, he argues, by making low-income students feel like outsiders who don't actually belong on campus. 
Jamie Merisotis
Bridging the Gap: Recruiting High School Students Is Key to Closing Skills Gap
Mike Averill, Tulsa World
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Industry leaders and educators across the country are working on ways to try and head off the skills gap. That includes recruiting high school students to replace the jobs being vacated by baby boomers who are retiring.  

Oklahoma is tackling this challenge on several fronts. For example, the Tulsa Technology Center offers a new accelerating independence scholarship to provide tuition and fee-free education, similar to Tulsa Achieves, to qualifying students through the age of 23 to complete a career major. 

Other efforts like OK2Grow help high school students learn about careers in manufacturing through classroom visits, education, internships, and career fairs. 

Jamie Merisotis
Higher Education Pipeline Out of Balance
Dustin Walsh, Crain's Detroit Business
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Michigan's colleges and universities are facing a demographic reckoning. The number of teenagers graduating from high school across Michigan is on a decade-long decline, compounded by a tight labor market causing high school graduates to seek work instead of education.

The dip in graduates has placed continued enrollment and budget pressures on the state's higher education institutions, some of which are filling gaps with younger high-school students, older students, and former dropouts.

Turning a Pastime Into a Career
Eric Neutuch, Community College Daily
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When Jason Burden enrolled at Salem Community College (SCC) in New Jersey after four years of military service, he had little knowledge of how video games were built.

Now a sophomore in SCC's video game design and development program, Burden is building his own games along with a budding career. 

Video game-related majors align with a booming job sector. The industry employs more than 220,000 people in the United States, with job prospects expected to expand in the future for everything from programmers to graphic artists to game testers. 
Schools Work to Address Skills Gap
Samuel Northrop, Glens Falls Post-Star (New York)
Opinion: Let's Continue the Economic Boom
Tim Walberg, The Detroit News
Report: 10 Common Gaps in Student Supports
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Why Are Tribal College Students Slow to Ask for Financial Aid?
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
Commentary: Government Aid Should Educate the Many, Not Enrich the Few
John Watkins and James “Cid” Seidelman, The Salt Lake Tribune
Students Show Their Mettle in Precision-Machining Competition
Kelley Bouchard, Portland Press Herald
Gwinnett Teachers Visit Workplaces to Keep Lessons Relevant
Arlinda Smith Broady, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
City Partnership Brings STEM Training to Students
Jasmine Almoayyed and Lonald Wishom, The Gazette
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