Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 15, 2019
Creating a Career Path for Underserved Communities
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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As automation and AI technologies continue to reshape the make-up of the workforce, current workers and job seekers alike are going back to school or heading online to get the skills and training needed for a good job.

For many, the cost of upskilling, earning a college degree, or gaining other quality credentials is out of their price range. Money doesn’t have to be a barrier. Many businesses are offering work, earn, and learn opportunities through apprenticeships.
Jamie Merisotis
‘They Just Saw Me as a Dollar Sign’: How Some Certificate Schools Profit From Vulnerable Students
Sarah Butrymowicz and Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report
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Jessica Evers had a dream: to find a good job and create a better future for her child. She thought Salter College, located in a strip mall in West Bolyston, could provide the pathway to launch her career. She was wrong. 

For-profit schools award nearly a third of all certificates, but the promised launch to the middle class often doesn’t pan out. At the vast majority of for-profits that focus on certificates, most students who take on debt to attend end up earning less than the typical high school graduate. 

Jamie Merisotis
Propelling Prisoners to Bachelor’s Degrees in California
Wayne D'Orio, The Hechinger Report
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Last October, 23 years after Bradley Arrowood received a life sentence, he was released. On his 127th day of freedom, he was sitting among the palm trees on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, just 24 credits away from earning a bachelor’s degree. He may be the first in his family to finish college.

Arrowood is one of the beneficiaries of California’s policy to provide face-to-face higher education classes in almost all of its prisons. While other states have some prisons that offer in-person education, California is the only state offering classes in nearly every prison, taught by educators from nearby colleges, for credits that can transfer and count toward degrees.

Promoting Accountability in Higher Education: Finding Common Ground
American Enterprise Institute and Third Way
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As Congress considers the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), there is bipartisan interest in creating clearer expectations for institutions on completion and quality. But if done wrong, greater federal involvement in demanding accountability in higher education could open the door for gamesmanship, manipulation, and corner cutting, which hurts both students and taxpayers. So should Washington wade into this area?

Education and policy experts will offer their thoughts about where the left and right can find common ground on how to think about higher education accountability and HEA reauthorization in this event/webcast scheduled for today. 

Opinion: Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Workforce
Kim Scheeler and Pat Gottschalk, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Blog: Be More Like Amazon?
John Warner, Just Visiting
UChicago Access Initiative Increases Enrollment From Underrepresented Groups
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Alaska Lawmakers Failed to Avert Sweeping Cuts to the University System. Here’s What Happens Next.
Sarah Brown and Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Panel: Job Training for Incarcerated Presents Opportunities
Danielle Birzer, The Savannah Morning News
College Completion Report 2019
Indiana Commission for Higher Education (Indiana)
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