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 27, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
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KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers. ‘It’s Not a Dead-End Job Anymore.’
John D. Stoll, The Wall Street Journal
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In an era when millennials are being lured by tech startups with ping-pong tables or daily happy hours, the data suggest the better bet for many companies is an offer to send them back to school.

Jennifer Hanna is a prime example. Hanna has worked for KitchenAid's owner Whirlpool since graduating from high school. During that time, she took advantage of the tuition-reimbursement program to get her M.B.A. Today, she is responsible for more than 1,000 people and part of her company's senior leadership team.

Jamie Merisotis
A New Benefit: Some Companies Help Workers Pay Down Student Loans
Yuki Noguchi, NPR
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Kelly O'Brien graduated from college six years ago with a political science degree and $28,000 in student loan debt. When she got a job at Fidelity Investments, she was happy to learn her company would contribute to her student loan payments.

The financial pain of student loan debt also is creating a recruitment opportunity, with some employers offering to help repay loans on workers' behalf as a way of attracting and keeping people like O'Brien.

Jamie Merisotis
New York Wants to Pilot Free Child Care at Community Colleges
James Paterson, Education Dive
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As postsecondary institutions attempt to attract and retain more adult learners, many are developing support networks to help them manage aspects of their personal lives. This includes efforts that address child care, transportation, and non-tuition expenses.

Single parents attending community colleges in New York could soon receive free on-campus child care and other services under a proposal that Gov. Andrew Cuomo intends to test throughout the state. The pilot initially would provide child care, as well as tutoring and career counseling to 400 students for three years. 

Jamie Merisotis
Ohio Trying to Keep Up With Demand for More Educated Workers
Max Filby, Dayton Daily News
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Jobs in the Dayton, Ohio, area and around the state are becoming more technical and skilled in nature. In response, the state has set a goal for 65 percent of Ohio's working-age adults to obtain a college degree or some type of advanced training by 2025. 

The need to boost degrees, credentials, and training has led to several statewide and national efforts in recent years. Ohio has changed its state funding model to encourage completion. Community colleges are redesigning their advising and the way they help underprepared students. And some institutions are rolling out new applied bachelor's degrees to meet workforce needs.

Research Study Sizes Up Tech Boot Camps
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Digital Transformation Empowers Student Learning in Higher Education
Melissa Delaney, EdTech Focus on Higher Education Magazine
New Twist in Federal Funding for OER
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
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