Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 23, 2019
Colleges Find New Ways to Help Students Put Their Education to Work
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Growing resistance to rising tuition and questions about the value of postsecondary education have colleges in a tough spot. How can they show students and their families that a four-year degree is worth the investment of time and money, especially as non-college alternatives proliferate?

One way is to create clearer links between what students learn in the classroom and what they'll need to know in their future jobs. Some institutions are doing just that by introducing new programs in emerging industries and technologies. Others are partnering with tech companies to develop curriculum that aligns with changing workplace skills. 

Jamie Merisotis
State Agencies Try to Push More Companies to Offer Paid Internships for Texas Students
Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media
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College students in Texas—and even some high school students—could soon get a boost in their future careers, as several state agencies try to get more companies to offer paid internships.

For many college students, work-study programs involve a menial job on campus, such as working in the cafeteria or stacking books. But the state is trying to make sure those jobs—often offered to college students as a form of financial aid—actually help young people get real-world experience for their career goals.

Jamie Merisotis
‘If I Wanted My Children to Finish High School and Go to College, I Had to Model the Path for Them’
Jackie Sanchez, The Hechinger Report
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Jackie Sanchez graduated from eighth grade in 1999 one month pregnant with her first child, Jesenia, who was born in 2000. Her second child, Joseph, was born in 2003.

As a teen mother with little to no family support, Sanchez dropped out of high school and stayed home to care for her two young children. By the time her third child, Juelz, was born in 2012, she was working two jobs—at a daycare center during the day and at a liquor store from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

Today, Sanchez is on track to be the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college. This is her story. 

Proposal for Federal Income-Share Agreement Program
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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New research from the Manhattan Institute proposes a federal income-share agreement that would extend students a single $50,000 line of credit.

Students would commit to paying back 1 percent of their income for every $10,000 of credit they draw down for 25 years. Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the proposal, argues that the ISA structure would mean student aid is not delivered in a regressive manner—those who earn more would pay back more.

Report Finds Limited Information on Short-Term Training
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
New UH-Hilo Chancellor Makes Student Success a Top Priority
Stephanie Salmons, Hawaii Tribune Herald
Experts: 'Dream' Bypasses Millions
Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online
The New Low-Income Big Borrower of Student Loans
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
Why Mega Universities Should Lead the Way on Quality Assurance
Allison Dulin Salisbury and Michael B. Horn, EdSurge
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