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.
January 13, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Going for the Green
Dennis Pierce, Community College Daily
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“Green” jobs that contribute to preserving the environment are among the fastest-growing careers in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With the rising need for workers to fill these positions—and surging interest among students in environmental careers—community colleges are creating new courses, certifications, and degree programs to meet the demand.

Jamie Merisotis
When Is Higher Ed Worth It?
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
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For years, stakeholders have sought to define what, exactly, Americans value from their education. Many focused on wages, in part due to studies demonstrating that college graduates earn more over a lifetime than their non-graduate peers. But the answer might not be related to wages at all.

Instead, a new report suggests people see more value in their education when their courses strongly relate to their work, and when they have high-quality, applied-learning experiences and top-notch career and academic advising opportunities.

Jamie Merisotis
Kelly Peeler: Taking on the Goliath of Student Loans … Via Text
Christabel Nsiah-Buadi, Marketplace
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Change comes in all shapes and sizes, causing seismic shifts and small ripples in industries, businesses, and the economy.

In this interview, Kelly Peeler discusses how her company, Money Mentor, aims to tackle the student loan crisis by providing financial guidance over text for free.

Jamie Merisotis
This Immigration Attorney Understands Her Clients. She’s Undocumented, Too
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times
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Attorney Lizbeth Mateo recently went to immigration court in downtown Los Angeles to represent a client with whom she has something in common. She’s undocumented, too.

Mateo says her own status does not come up in court, and she’s never sure whether judges or other lawyers know that the polished, savvy 34-year-old woman advocating on behalf of her clients does not have legal status herself.

‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses
Emma Goldberg, The New York Times
Essay: Expand Economic Opportunity by Supporting Community Colleges
Austan Goolsbee, Glenn Hubbard, and Penny Pritzker, Inside Higher Ed
Study: Professional Mentors Boost Student Interest in Careers
Kate Tornone and Hallie Busta, Education Dive
New Law Connects Candidates to Manufacturing Jobs
David Hutter, NJBIZ (New Jersey)
Manufacturers Increase Perks to Get New Hires to Move
Austen Hufford, The Wall Street Journal
‘A Living Curriculum’
Michael Smith, The Miami News-Record
Adult Education to Be Focus in Second Year of One Acadiana's 55 by 25 Initiative
Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser (Louisiana)
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