Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 28, 2019
Poll: Voters Support Funding for Skills Training
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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A national survey from the National Skills Coalition says voters across the country overwhelmingly support increasing public investment in skills training.

Investment in skills training was the most popular of eight economic proposals included in the survey of 1,000 likely voters in the 2020 general election. Free tuition at four-year public colleges for anyone who wants it finished last, with 60 percent of respondents backing that proposal. Free community college fared slightly better, with support from 66 percent of respondents.
Jamie Merisotis
Building Strong and Inclusive Economies Through Apprenticeship
The Center on Education & Skills at New America (CESNA) 
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Every governor in America needs a strategy to connect residents to economic opportunity and meaningful work.

Apprenticeship can meet the talent development needs of a wide range of industries while increasing access to good jobs for many more Americans. The programs generate excellent outcomes: Apprentices leave with valuable work experience, networks, credentials, and the ability to move into well-paying jobs. More than 80 percent of apprenticeship completers move directly into jobs with the employer who sponsored the apprenticeship.   

Jamie Merisotis
Report Envisions Path Forward for Educational Equity in Tennessee
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Over the past decade, Tennessee has advanced a series of higher education policy reforms to help Tennesseans pursue more affordable postsecondary credentials. These efforts include the "Drive to 55" campaign, Tennessee Promise, and Tennessee Reconnect. Still, significant equity and attainment gaps persist, says a new report from Complete Tennessee. 

The study offers several recommendations to promote further progress. This includes increasing students’ sense of belonging, extending financial support to undocumented students, supporting and implementing programs such as Nashville Getting Results by Advancing Degrees (GRAD), and increasing faculty diversity to reflect the changing demographic of learners.

‘I’m Still Under Construction’; Six Tales of Lifelong Learning
Lauren Weber, The Wall Street Journal
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Lifelong learning has become a mantra in American corporations as employees face pressure to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving workplace.

Employers, politicians, and educators are hammering the message that people need to continuously upgrade their skills because of advancing technologies. Even companies that invest in employee training expect workers to figure out their future career path, and some want workers to retrain themselves on their own time and dime.

A Skills Development Consensus - If You Can Keep It
Brent Orrell, American Enterprise Institute
Essay: The Mental Health of Commuter Students
Merav Fine Braun and Jenna Citron, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Build Your Own Course
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
At Innovation Conference, Poverty Among Issues Discussed
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Guided Pathways and General Education Reform
Christine Harrington, AACC 21st Century Center
Cass Career Center Helps Students Reach for Dream Jobs
Anne Marie Hunter, The Kansas City Star
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