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 18, 2019
Career Training … in the Arts
Nick Hazelrigg, Inside Higher Ed
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As anxieties grow in higher education over the decline of liberal arts in favor of increased vocational and career-centric training, one university is employing a new strategy to highlight the relevance of arts and humanities disciplines in career preparation.

Administrators at the University of Texas at Arlington have begun supporting new methods and concentrations within areas such as art and music designed to better prepare students for tangible employment immediately after graduation. While other universities have chosen to cut arts programs, pointing to declining enrollment numbers in the arts, UT Arlington has responded in a very different way to the changing landscape of arts education.

Jamie Merisotis
Should Community Colleges Offer Bachelor's Degrees?
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Indian River State College is a community college located halfway between Florida's bustling port cities of Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral. For more than 50 years, it has tried to meet the state's workforce development goals. Yet, a major barrier stood in its way. The stretch of eastern coastal Florida that it serves has few four-year colleges, with the closest public university more than 60 miles away.

That poses a challenge to drawing companies in need of skilled workers. So in 2008, Indian River State took advantage of a Florida law that allows community colleges to launch bachelor's programs if they can help meet the state's workforce needs.

Jamie Merisotis
This Map Paints a Grim Picture of America’s Economic Divides. Colleges Shouldn’t Run From Them.
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Automation technologies promise to deliver major productivity benefits that are too substantial to ignore. They also are beginning to reshape the American workplace, and this evolution will become more pronounced in the next decade.

Some occupations will shrink, others will grow, and the tasks and time allocation associated with every job will be subject to change. And the regions of the country that are most likely to face economic challenges in the next decade also happen to be full of educational organizations that may need a new agenda.

Income Share Agreements: An Innovative Alternative to Student Loans
The EvoLLLution
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As colleges and universities shift their focus toward lifelong learning models of education, Income Share Agreements (ISAs) have become an alternative way to help students finance their education or training. 

In this interview, Mary Walshok and Josh Shapiro of the University of California San Diego Extension discuss the implementation of the ISA pricing model for several non-credit programs, as well as potential benefits of ISAs for learners and the labor market.

Amazon Takes on Tech Disruption of the Workplace
Ulrik Juul Christensen, Forbes
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Jay Miller, Crain's Cleveland Business
Commentary: Better Ways to Measure Student Learning
Bonnie O'Keefe, Governing the States and Localities
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