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 14, 2019
He Spent 12 Years in Prison. Now He Teaches Criminal Justice to College Students.
Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Sitting in his prison cell, José Bou never imagined himself standing at the front of a classroom, teaching criminal justice.

Bou earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University while serving a 12-year sentence at a Massachusetts prison for drug trafficking. After his release, in 2011, Bou got a master's degree in criminal justice. Now, at 42, he's an instructor at Holyoke Community College, in Holyoke, Mass., where he was born.

In this interview, Bou reflects on his time in prison, how his life experiences inform his teaching, and why—with adequate resources—he thinks there could be more people like him.

Newsom's Higher Education Budget Would Boost Aid, Freeze Tuition, and Repair Campuses
Larry Gordon and Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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After years in the shadows as lieutenant governor, the now-California Gov. Gavin Newsom is back in his element shaping and making policy, this time not for one city but for the most populous state in the nation.

Newsom’s first budget proposal would boost funding for the state’s community colleges and two university systems, increase financial aid for students who are parents of dependent children, and repair aging infrastructure on campuses.

Admissions Surge After NYU Med Goes Tuition-Free
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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Last summer, New York University medical school stunned the world of medical education with the news that it had raised enough money to offer full-tuition scholarships to all students (more than 400 across classes) going forward.

While other medical schools have been moving to reduce tuition paid by students (and the debt many of them accrue), the NYU effort was the largest and most dramatic to date. With the tuition sticker price at NYU topping $55,000 (similar to the tuition of other top private medical schools), the question for many was whether NYU, already seen as a leading medical school with no shortage of applicants, would see significant gains in its applicant pool.

The answer is an unqualified yes.

Apprenticeship Programs Abound as Labor Shortage Deepens in Minnesota
Dee DePass, The Star Tribune
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The path to a better job via apprenticeship is gaining favor with businesses in multiple industries in Minnesota as employers try to fill job openings.

Early apprenticeship adopters include Fridley metal stamper E.J. Ajax, roof shingle maker Owens Corning in Minneapolis, and building-glass maker Viracon in Owatonna. Each company created two-year formal apprenticeships to produce state-certified bus drivers, machinists, electricians, and welders with the help of local colleges.

The State of American Business 2019
Sean Hackbarth, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Opinion: Put Policy to Work to Tackle Skills Gap
Brian Burton, Indianapolis Business Journal (Indiana)
Report Examines Improving Higher Ed Access for Veterans
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Data Programs Gain Traction on Campuses, But Complexity Remains
Erika Gimbel, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Commentary: Better SNAP Guidance Could Reduce Student Hunger
Carrie Welton, The Center for Law and Social Policy
Opinion: 'I’m First' Celebrating First-Generation College Students
Maceo Rainey, Northwest Indiana Times

The Government Shutdown Is Reaching Historic Territory. Here’s What That Means for Higher Ed.
Lindsay Ellis and Lily Jackson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
No Penalty for Western Governors
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Merit-Based Student Aid Costs Climb
Lloyd Dunkelberger, The Gainesville Sun
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