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 25, 2019
Next on College Completion Agenda: Equity
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Achievement gaps between Black, Hispanic, and low-income students and their White and wealthier peers persist even as each group continues to graduate at better rates.

Achieving the Dream wants to help colleges eliminate that inequity through a new program using adaptive learning technology in courses. Adaptive courseware employs technology to personalize classroom instruction based on how students respond. The expectation is that racial and income-based equity gaps will decrease, especially in gateway math and English courses, and retention and graduation rates will increase.
Jamie Merisotis
Ready to Work With a Smart Robot? Some Dayton Workers Already Are
Lynn Hulsey, Dayton Daily News
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The rapid growth of artificial intelligence and automation presents threats—and opportunities—for workers and businesses in the Miami Valley. More than 31,600 people in the Dayton metro area work in the five largest occupations at high risk of automation.

In response, many businesses are ramping up efforts to retrain workers and help them upgrade their skills, both in-house and through collaborations with community colleges and other postsecondary institutions. 

Jamie Merisotis
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These College Classes Are Going to Work
Kerry Hannon, The New York Times
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Ruben Santos is a technical maintenance specialist for a commercial and residential plumbing product manufacturer and distributor in Ohio. He recently returned to a place he hasn’t been in 30 years: the classroom.

It's not a typical classroom. Lessons are taught in a retrofitted 53-foot-long semi-truck trailer in his company's parking lot. His customized training is paid for by his employer and provided by Cuyahoga Community College.

The school's mobile classroom is one of a growing number of similar labs being rolled out by community colleges in response to employers’ needs for skilled workers. The twist is that they’re going where the students are rather than having the students come to them. And students learn skills they can use right away.

Papa John's Offers Employees Free Degrees Through Purdue Global
Kathryn Moody, Hallie Busta, and Riia O'Donnell, Education Dive
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Papa John's is the latest in a long line of companies to partner with colleges and universities to upskill current employees, attract new hires, and increase the knowledge base of their staff.  

The pizza maker recently announced a new effort with Purdue University Global designed to cover all tuition costs for its 20,000 corporate employees for undergraduate and graduate degrees earned through the online college. Some 70,000 franchise team members will benefit, as well, with "significant" tuition and fee reductions as part of the Dough & Degrees program.
Despite Economic Growth, Governors Worry About Skills Gap and Unemployment
Allan Greenblat, Governing the States and Localities
Commentary: Loosening Standards, Widening Inequalities
Spiros Protopsaltis and Sandy Baum, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Q&A: McDonnell Builds Pathway for Computer Science Education
Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal (Indiana)
The Pathway to Graduation Is Difficult for Many Transfer Students
Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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