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 12, 2018
Where Are All the Women Apprentices?
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
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Apprenticeships date to the Middle Ages, but modernized versions of the workforce training programs are spreading as a way to combine classroom and on-the-job instruction. In at least one respect, however, the programs still seem less-than-modern: gender and racial equity.

While many companies often point to diversity as a goal of these programs, the overall picture shows that women make up a small share of apprentices nationwide and that females and African Americans earn less than their peers.

New Reality Game Show Will Help Contestants Pay Off Student Loans
Morgan Gstalter, The Hill
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More than 44 million Americans carry student loan debt, with the average carrying $37,000 in loans.
Paid Off, a new reality game show from TruTV, hopes to highlight how many young Americans and college graduates are struggling to pay off education loans. Three contestants will answer trivia questions, often with an education or college-related twist. Each right answer earns cash toward their loans. 
Why a College Plans to Raze Two Dorms—and What It Means for the Future of the Campus
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Fayetteville State University is a metaphor for the impact of technology and demographic shifts on college spaces. The university plans to demolish two rundown dormitories—and not replace them at all.

The reason? More of its students are attending fully online, or they’re older. Some are both. The institution has no immediate plans for the soon-to-be-open spaces. But it does have further ambitions for its online and adult-student offerings. Along with the 10 online degrees it already offers, next year Fayetteville State will add a $10,000 degree in conjunction with six nearby community colleges.

Should Gen-Ed Come Later? New Book Argues for Cheaper and Faster Alternatives to College
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Debates about how to expand access to higher education often assume a one-size-fits-all model of what college should be. But a new book due out this fall argues for the creation of colleges of many shapes and sizes, including a new set of low-cost options that are focused on helping students who just can’t afford a four-year campus experience get a first job.
Statewide Initiative Aims to Reduce Skills, Labor Gap
Josh Bergeron, The State Journal (Kentucky)
Opinion: Why the Senate Needs to Get It Done on CTE
Shawn Ehnes and Mary Gifford, The Hill
Why Campus-Based Aid Is So Important
Laurie Quarles, Community College Daily
A College Prices Its Online Programs 60% Less
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: ECE Degrees as Mirrors
Sally Holloway, New America
How Gender Diversity Among the Teacher Workforce Affects Student Learning
Michael Hansen and Diana Quintero, Brown Center Chalkboard
“Free College:” Here to Stay?
The Century Foundation
Low-Income Students at Selective Colleges
American Enterprise Institute
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