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 29, 2019
Subdegree Programs for Working-Class Adults
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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An emerging category of short-term postsecondary training programs, typically a few weeks to several months in duration, are aimed at working-class adults who lack college degrees and make less than $25,000 a year. A new report says these "on-ramps" can give workers a boost in skills and income, but they face several barriers to expansion, including a need for stronger business models and tighter connections with employers' HR functions.

She Didn’t Apply for DACA. Now She and Thousands of Dreamers Are Heading Toward Limbo
Obed Manuel, The Dallas Morning News
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Maria Lopez is a 17-year-old with an almost perfect GPA. She attends a top Dallas high school and is likely an ideal candidate for some elite universities.

But Lopez is an unauthorized immigrant. She's among a new generation of possibly more than 250,000 students around the country who were too young or never made initial requests for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before the Trump administration tried to rescind the effort. These students now face a life of being stuck in the shadows, unable to legally work or live normal lives. 

As Jobs Grow Hard to Fill, Businesses Join the Drive to Push Rural Residents Toward College
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
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It's a common refrain in the United States: Companies need more people with postsecondary credentials but struggle to find them. In rural communities in particular, where generations of Americans could once get good jobs with just a high school diploma, employees in many types of industries now need further education.

The Chemours chemical plant in Tennessee is experiencing this talent shortage firsthand. In response, Chemours and nine other area manufacturers have struck a partnership with Nashville State Community College's Humphreys County campus to train and certify factory workers, creating a new employee pipeline from scratch. Graduates, who receive an associate degree in industrial process or mechanical maintenance technology, can expect to earn around $60,000 annually within a few years.  

Lifelong Learning for the 100-Year Life
Jeffrey S. Russell, The EvoLLLution
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Longer lives and changing work conditions are causing universities to think outside the box on how they can serve learners across a much longer and more flexible timeframe. 

In the 21st century, being learner-centered means providing an ever-expanding menu of options. This includes offering more courses online, more opportunities for personalized learning, and more stackable credentials that help students acquire the specific skills they need in the workforce. 

What Manufacturers Need Most: Skilled People
Matt Glynn, The Buffalo News
Training the Next Generation of Workers
Douglas Guth, Community College Daily
A Response to 'Texting Nudges Harm Degree Completion'
Benjamin L. Castleman and Lindsay C. Page, Education Next
Measuring Economic Diversity at Colleges Is Harder Than You Think
Preston Cooper, American Enterprise Institute
Commentary: Being Poor in America’s Most Prestigious M.F.A. Program
Katie Prout, The Chronicle of Higher Education
On-Ramps to Good Jobs
Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Entangled Solutions
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