Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
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, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
When It Comes to Future Earnings, Liberal-Arts Grads Might Get the Last Laugh
Bennett Leckrone, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Students from liberal-arts colleges don’t merely recoup their tuition dollars in the long run. They eventually earn more than those who attended trade or business schools, a new report shows.

The return on investment (ROI) from a liberal-arts education skyrockets as people’s careers progress, says the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce study. Forty years after enrolling, a graduate of one of the 210 liberal-arts colleges analyzed for the report will have a median ROI that is nearly $200,000 above that of all U.S. colleges. 

Jamie Merisotis
Destination Cleveland Launches ‘Talent Attraction’ Effort to Boost Region’s Workforce
Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer
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Destination Cleveland, the region’s tourism agency, is taking on a new task with an ambitious, long-term goal: boost the city’s appeal to high-value job candidates.

The effort comes as communities across the United States find themselves in a battle for a well-educated, well-trained workforce. Many cities and states are launching campaigns to lure qualified workers—some are even offering to pay employees to come.

Jamie Merisotis
Senate Bill Focuses on Rural Students
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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Far too many young people in rural parts of the country struggle to find higher education opportunities that align with the needs of businesses in their local communities. A just-introduced bipartisan Senate bill hopes to change that.

The Success for Rural Students and Communities Act is designed to encourage groups and organizations in rural communities to partner together to expose students to various career pathways. It also would provide information on student aid to students, many of whom are first in their families to attend college.

Meanwhile, employers will help determine the credentials—a college degree, skilled trade credential, or professional certificate—that local students need to land jobs.  

Jamie Merisotis
Florida Colleges Meet Developmental Ed Challenge
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Florida community colleges are seeing some positive results from a state law enacted in 2013 that upended developmental education.

Those results, however, came after colleges undertook massive efforts to implement the law: They redesigned courses, shifted resources and staff, trained faculty, and hired more advisors.

Consortia Holds the Key to Lifelong Learning
John Cavanaugh, The EvoLLLution
The Kids Are Not All Right
Alex Kotlowitz, Washington Monthly
Houston Program Aims to Help Boys of Color Attain Higher Education
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Is Early Decision Reaching Its Limits?
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Lessons Learned About Borrowers With Lingering Loan Debt
Hunter Marin, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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