Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 23, 2019
‘Nobody Like You Has Ever Done It’: How a High School Dropout Became President of the San Francisco Federal Reserve
Heather Long, The Washington Post
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At 16, Mary C. Daly was a high school dropout. Many people believed her best option in life was to become a bus driver.

Today Daly, 56, is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Historically, Fed leaders have focused on monetary policy and bank regulation, but Daly is part of a growing group of regional Fed presidents who believe the long-term health of the U.S. economy depends on "upskilling" U.S. workers and revitalizing communities that have been left behind. 

Daly’s latest initiatives include a “first gen” campaign highlighting how many people at the San Francisco Fed were the first in their families to graduate college, and a new podcast, Zip Code Economies, that aims to put a face on mobility issues.

Kentucky College Has Stayed Tuition-Free for More Than a Century
CBS News
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Dave Bell never believed he would be able to afford college. But the impossible is now Bell's reality thanks to a pioneering school in Kentucky that hasn't charge a dime in tuition for more than 120 years. The computer science major will graduate in May, the first in his family to do so, and it didn't cost him a single penny.

Bell and the 1,600 other students at Berea College earn a free ride as long as they work for it. The school is one of eight federally designated colleges that requires resident students to get a part-time job on or off campus. 

Betsy DeVos’ Bet on Boot Camps
Michael Stratford, Politico
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Coding boot camps are intensive, short-term training programs designed for students trying to land high-tech jobs. In recent years, they have grown in popularity as Americans look to build the skills they need for a fast-changing job market. 

As boot camps proliferate, policymakers in Washington have been asking whether the federal government should get behind the idea. Specifically, that means opening up some of the $130 billion it doles out annually in student loan guarantees and Pell Grants for higher education. The idea creates a number of questions, including the fact that boot camps are an unaccredited style of education. 

Accounting for Everyone
Brad Moore, AACC 21st Century Center
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Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is making financial literacy a family affair. Through the School of Business & Information Technology, CNM will begin offering a course that aims to educate parents and their children at the same time on financial literacy. It’s part of the college’s strategic efforts to deliver multi-generational education opportunities to families, especially to underserved populations.

The course, which is being offered in English and Spanish, also provides a pathway for working parents to take the first step toward an associate degree or certificate to improve their family's prospects for the future.

For Provosts, More Pressure on Tough Issues
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
There’s an App for That
Eric Neutuch, Community College Daily
Community College Bill Draws Concern From Leaders of Four-Year Schools
Brad McElhinny, The Dominion Post (West Virginia)
State Support for Higher Ed Slowed in 2018
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
OSU Receives $2.5M Gift From JPMorgan Chase to Support Students of Color
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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