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.
July 11, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How Seeing His Parents Navigate College Helped This Founder Find His Passion
Brent Wistrom, AustinInno
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Long before creating a business entity, Melvin Hines Jr. learned how education could be a game-changer for his own family in southern Georgia. His parents’ hard work helped put him on a path to graduate from the University of Georgia and, later, Duke University’s law school.

Throughout his own education, Hines was keenly aware of the inequities facing many of his fellow students. That realization became the impetus for the creation of Upswing, a firm that uses interactive services and chatbots to steer college students toward academic success.

Signaling Hiring Needs Quicker Through Data
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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The gap between the skills businesses demand and the skills job seekers possess is widening. As a result, there's a movement to get everyone—businesses, hiring managers, governments, educators, nonprofits, and job seekers—to speak the same language when it comes to how we talk about jobs.

And that language is data, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
An Ultra-Selective College Dropped the ACT/SAT. And Then What?
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The University of Chicago floored higher education last year by announcing plans to drop its ACT/SAT requirement in hopes of enrolling more underrepresented students. The South Side campus became the most-selective institution yet to go test-optional, and some admissions insiders predicted that other bastions of prestige would follow suit.

A year later, it’s too soon to tell whether a new phase of the test-optional trend has begun. But for now, maybe a better question is this: How much does a testing policy matter if a college doesn’t consider removing other real or perceived barriers to access?

Jamie Merisotis
In California, High Schools Are Partnering With Businesses, Community Colleges to Get Students College- and Career-Ready
Mikhail Zinshteyn, The 74
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The city mantra that greets visitors driving through Woodland is “The Food Front,” but high school students in this rural stretch of northern California may not even know the half of it.

That may be changing. If all goes according to plan, Bayer Crop Science will soon be in a partnership with Woodland Community College and a nearby high school to make good on a program that teaches college courses in the agricultural disciplines to high school students and creates a smooth transition into a community college. That’s all en route to an associate’s degree for which there’s economic demand, with numerous job-training experiences during the process.

After 25 Years, Why the Tide Turned for Pell Grants in Prisons
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Three Ways to Bridge Houston’s Growing Skills Gap
Syed Kazmi, Houston Business Journal
Randy Johnson: He Helped You Find a Job
Ken Klotzbach, Post Bulletin
Blog: What Matters More: Skills or Degrees?
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
Emerging HSIs Step Up to Serve Hispanic, Latinx Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Higher Ed 'Opportunity Gap' Continuing to Widen
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Second Chance: Life Without Student Debt
National Bureau of Economic Research
Improving State Authorization
State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
First-Year Persistence and Retention for Fall 2017 Cohort
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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