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 19, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
How the Skills Gap Is Changing the Degree Path
Mikhail Zinshteyn, Education Dive
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Pressed to address concerns about the rising cost of higher education and the sometimes-foggy understanding of how learning translates into jobs, some colleges are reshaping the degree pathway. 

Colleges are approaching this challenge in a variety of ways. Some are strengthening transfer pathways between two- and four-year schools, while others are bringing industry-recognized credentials into the curriculum sooner than they have in the past. In some cases, institutions are putting more weight on training experiences.

Jamie Merisotis
Michael Bloomberg Unveils ‘Progressive’ Higher Education Plan
Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report
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As a Democratic presidential hopeful, Michael R. Bloomberg now has a plan for the future of higher education that both echoes and expands upon policies his fellow Democratic candidates have already called for: free community college, greater investment in Pell grants, and automatic income-based repayment plans for student loans.

Jamie Merisotis
Podcast: Reporters’ Roundtable
Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn, Future U Podcast
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Reporters Goldie Blumenstyk of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Open Campus’s Sara Hebel, and Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed discuss key trends, 2020 predictions, and what's missing in today's coverage of higher education.

Jamie Merisotis
Access Equals Opportunity: The WGU Higher Ed Model
Ramona Schindelheim, Work in Progress
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Talent and opportunity may be abundant, but the pathways between the two are not universally available, says Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher. 

As the nation’s first and largest competency-based university, WGU aims to give all students access to the education they need to compete for work in a rapidly changing economy. 

In this interview, Pulsipher reflects on WGU's reputation as one of the most innovative higher education models in the country and how its online programs continue to evolve with the times.

When Banks Pay for College Students to Learn About Money
Francie Diep, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Virtual Reality Advances Bring New Possibilities to Higher Education
Jacquelyn Bengfort, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Opinion: When the Next Step Isn’t College
Michael Horn and Bob Moesta, The Hechinger Report
Effort to Increase Pell Enrollment Slows
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Alabama to Mentor States on Work-Based Learning Programs
Ciera Hughes, Franklin County Times
Opinion: The High School Diploma Dilemma
Margaret Raymond, The Hill
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