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.
July 3, 2019
Want a Job in the Future? Be a Student for Life
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New digital technologies are expected to take away a number of jobs. They also will create several new ones. To grasp these opportunities, workers must embrace a continuum of lifelong learning.

In this interview, Ravi Kumar of Infosys discusses how the emerging world of technology will shape the jobs of the future and what it means for individuals, industries, and countries.

Jamie Merisotis
The Education Deserts of Rural America
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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One in three Montanans lives more than 60 minutes from the nearest college campus. The tracts of land that separate these individuals and institutions are sometimes called “education deserts,” and they cover many patches of rural America.

Add to that the fact nearly 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen attend institutions fewer than 50 miles from home, and these statistics begin to sketch the outlines of a crisis.

Jamie Merisotis
Why Don't Colleges Do More to Help Students in Need? Money, Attitudes, and More
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Emergency aid and innovative programs can be a lifeline for college students who experience hunger or homelessness. But getting such efforts in place often requires a change in campus culture, says Rachel Sumekh.

Sumekh is the founder of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization has become a leading voice for coming up with commonsense and innovative solutions to address hunger on college campuses. 

Apprenticeship and Opportunity in Nursing Today
Ivy Love, New America
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Alexis Barba dreamed of becoming a registered nurse. She applied to associate degree programs in nursing, but wasn’t able to get in. It’s not just her: Schools of nursing turned away 75,000 qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants in 2018 alone, partly due to capacity constraints. 

Then Barba's union, SEIU Local 1000, began recruiting applicants for a new LVN-RN apprenticeship. More than help with tuition for an associate degree, the apprenticeship would give Barba paid experience in a variety of patient care settings. Space was tight. The first cohort of apprentices would be small. It would be tough to get in, but Barba applied with her fingers crossed.

The acceptance letter changed her life.

Blog: An Open Invitation
Michael Patrick Rutter, Higher Ed Gamma
Can Education Philanthropy Lift Students Out of Poverty?
Jennifer Chamber, Education Writers Association
Blog: A Neglected Variable
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
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