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.
January 16, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
Kentucky Addresses a Key Weakness in Many Prison Apprenticeship Programs
Ian Hecker and Daniel Kuehn, Urban Institute
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Apprenticeship programs in prisons are still relatively rare, but they may be instrumental in helping incarcerated individuals leave prison as better citizens, not better criminals.

Kentucky’s Justice to Journeyman apprenticeship program, based in seven of Kentucky’s correctional facilities, aims to do just that. Inmates in the program take classes and begin job training while they are still behind bars; they then graduate to on-the-job apprenticeships with employers. Participants also receive one-on-one counseling and help in finding housing and transportation.

Jamie Merisotis
Most Colorado Student Teachers Aren’t Paid and Need Second Jobs. Will Lawmakers Step In to Ease Their Financial Burden?
Erica Breunlin, The Colorado Sun
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At one point during the four-and-a-half years Jen Tarwater studied to become a teacher and completed two minors, she juggled four jobs—among them, serving as a student employee at her school’s Hispanic multicultural center and working as an entertainer on the Polar Express with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train.

It wasn’t so much a matter of survival for the Fort Lewis College graduate, but rather a proactive measure to create a cushion for the months she needed to devote to student teaching.

Jamie Merisotis
Report: Universities Must Cultivate Race-Conscious Policies to Address Historical Inequities
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A new report and video from The Education Trust say it isn’t enough to just believe that racial inequality is a problem; what policymakers, advocates, and citizens do about it matters most.

The study offers 10 race-conscious policy recommendations addressing college admissions and degree attainment, higher education funding, student debt relief, and campus climate. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Mai Ly Degnan
Supports for First-Gen Students in Texas
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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A Texas nonprofit has created a report card to score the state's public institutions on how well they serve first-generation, low-income students.

Dallas-based ScholarShot rates the colleges using metrics like graduate outcomes, academic engagement, financial management and interventions. The group says the report card is intended to push state legislators to change how they distribute funds, encourage universities to improve supports for these students, and inform parents and academic advisors in the state.

Missed Connection: Closing the College-Employer Communications Gap
Carol D’Amico and Bridget Burns, WorkingNation
Nudging With Incentives
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
How to Help First-Generation Students Persist Through College
Danielle Dreilinger, Education Writers Association
Blog: Quiet Spaces, Kids on Campus, and Academic Libraries
Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S+R
In 25 Years, This LGBTQ Campus Leader Has Seen It All
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: High Costs’ Impact on Learners and Society
Peter Smith, Rethinking Higher Education
General State Funding for Higher Ed Proves More Popular Than Programs to Curb Student Debt
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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