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 17, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Is Amazon Training Its Workers or Creating a College Alternative?
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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Many of the companies investing anew in employee education and training are doing so through those colleges and universities. But some, including Amazon, are increasingly turning to corporate third parties or building their own structures (like Amazon's Machine Learning University) or classrooms (Amazon will have 60 on-ground facilities).

In this interview, several experts on postsecondary education and training assess whether Amazon's initiative is a threat or boon to higher education.

Bipartisan Panel Tackles Government’s Role in Higher Education Accountability
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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In a time when it may seem that Democrats and Republicans seldom agree, a bipartisan panel came together Monday at the American Enterprise Institute to talk about a shared conclusion: Taxpayers and students should be armed with more information to measure the success of America’s higher learning institutions.

Panelists spent an hour discussing complex questions: What metrics accurately measure success? What should happen to schools that enroll at-risk students but fail to graduate them, or schools that consistently don’t lead to better-paying jobs? And what role should federal policy play?

Jamie Merisotis
Transforming Programs Through Predictive Analytics
Stanford Social Innovation Review
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Predictive analytics can help organizations become more transparent and precise, as well as pinpoint opportunities to address inequities in their work.

In this podcast, Jeff Gold of California State University shares a case study of how public higher education institutions are successfully using predictive tools to increase graduation rates and close the achievement and opportunity gaps between low-income and underrepresented minority students and their peers. 

How Colleges Are Helping Adult Learners Succeed
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Amazon is the latest example of a large employer committing to help its workers gain new skills. Last week, the online retailer announced plans to "upskill" one-third of its U.S. workforce. It's unclear what, if any, role traditional colleges and universities will play in that effort, although the company already is working with community colleges across the nation on other education initiatives. 

More broadly, the news reflects employers' need to retool their workforce as jobs automate and require a different set of technical abilities. By 2030, around 14 percent of workers worldwide will need to change up their skill set as a result of that shift, according to research from the McKinsey Global Institute. 

Employers as Educators
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Balancing Oversight and Innovation
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Opinion: Ending the Stigma for College Students With Learning Disabilities
Lindsay Jones and Ted Mitchell, The Hechinger Report
Essay: He Got It Half Right
Elwood L. Robinson, Inside Higher Ed
New Survey Finds College Students Lack Financial Literacy
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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