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 20, 2019
Skillist Wants to Level the Playing Field for Millions Without College Degrees
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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When Caroline Fay first met her now-business partner Ananth Kasturiraman, they bonded over an important question: "Why are so many Americans being left out of the middle class and how can we help?" Out of that bond, Skillist was born. 

Skillist focuses on reinventing the traditional resumé by allowing applicants to demonstrate what they can do rather than where they did it. Specifically, the job application platform makes it easier for job seekers who lack a four-year degree to connect with employers by bringing skills to the center of the process.
Jamie Merisotis
College Possible Helps Guide Low-income Students to Be First Generation to Reach Higher Education
Stell Simonton, Youth Today
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Growing up in Philadelphia, Camellia Brown always knew she wanted to go to college. But the process of getting there was complex. No one in her family had ever attended college. Her mother worked as a crossing guard to support Brown and two siblings. They lived in public housing.

A college advising program called College Possible is giving Brown and other low-income, first-generation students like her the support and motivation to turn college dreams into a reality. 

Jamie Merisotis
The Rise of the Mega-University
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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At a time when many colleges are struggling with shrinking enrollment and tighter budgets, Southern New Hampshire University is thriving on a grand scale, and it's not alone. Liberty, Grand Canyon, and Western Governors Universities, along with a few other nonprofit institutions, have built huge online enrollments and national brands in recent years by subverting many of traditional higher education's hallmarks. 

While some "mega-universities" have physical campuses, they’ve focused intensely on building online programs. They’ve emphasized recruiting working adults over fresh high-school graduates. They’ve embraced competency-based education, in which students earn credits from life experiences and from demonstrating proficiency in a subject. They market widely and vigorously, and lean into, rather than recoil from, some other common corporate practices and philosophies.

Getting Clearer Signals From Employers
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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Too often, employers send the wrong signals about the skills and capabilities their workers need. This lack of clarity causes challenges for job seekers, as well as employers and postsecondary education providers.

As employers admit they need to give clearer information about needed job skills, a broad U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation-led group aims to use standardization and technology to better align credentialing and workforce data.
Blog: Higher Education Under the Microscope
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
How Social Capital Affects College Choice
Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Study Finds Professors’ Beliefs About Intelligence Impacts STEM Achievement
Sammy G. Allen, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Betsy DeVos vs. Student Veterans
Carrie Wofford and James Schmeling, The New York Times
'I’m Not Wonder Woman': A Student-Parent’s Story
Jennifer Gernert, Higher Learning Advocates
Developing Louisiana Talent Key to Regents’ Master Plan Update
Caitie Burkes, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Opinion: Vermont's Urgent Need to Expand Skilled Workforce
Dustin A. Degree, Brattleboro Reformer
Colleges Win National Honors for Student Success
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Need-Based Aid Helps Bridge the Gap
Chuck Staben, Idaho EdNews
Opinion: We Cannot Let Our College Students Go Hungry
Kristina M. Johnson, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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