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 24, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
This Detroit Nonprofit Provides Jobs, Clothing, and Shelter All at Once
Mary Ellen Geist, PBS NewsHour
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Casandra Grimes has been homeless for a year. But she has started to stitch her life back together thanks to a nonprofit called the Empowerment Plan.

Communities across the country are struggling to create jobs and reduce homelessness. In Detroit, Empowerment Plan has found a way to address both challenges. The organization helps people in need with a unique, multipurpose garment, employment, and a path toward continuing education.

With Less Than Half of Prospective Graduates in Los Angeles District Eligible for California State University System, College Trustees Eye New Requirement
Taylor Swaak, The 74
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The California State University system is considering a new admissions requirement for incoming freshmen. The development is sparking opposition from L.A. Unified, a district where less than half of the prospective graduates are eligible to apply under current standards.

System advocates say the extra prerequisite would ensure more students build a strong learning foundation before college and have a wider array of career opportunities. Meanwhile, L.A. Unified and others view the move as a threat to equity rather than a vehicle for opportunity.

The Pipeline to Public Service Is Broken. Can Colleges Fix It?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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To today's younger workers, the private sector and the nonprofit sectors offer a certain allure; government work doesn't. Consider these stats: Workers under age 30 make up almost a quarter of the entire civilian workforce. But in the federal government, they account for only about six percent. The seeming disinterest in government work is especially notable at the state level, where over the past five years, job postings have increased by 11 percent while the number of applicants has fallen by 25 percent.

A new effort by the Volcker Alliance is trying to shift that mind-set—and it’s looking to higher education as a key partner.

Jamie Merisotis
Lessons From Managing a Startup University's 'Chaos' Stage
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Dorothy Leland took on a monumental challenge in 2011 when she became chancellor of the University of California, Merced. She was the third person to lead the six-year-old institution. Located in one of the poorest regions of the state, its goal was to expand the system's reach to more low-income, minority, and first-generation students.

Merced went on to gain national attention for its quick and creative growth and for enrolling the system's largest share of underrepresented students. Leland, who will step down next month, reflects on what it takes to build a new university from the ground up. 

Next Steps for Workforce Development in Maine
Thomas F. Remington, Bangor Daily News
Groups Align to Advocate for Today's Students
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Alaska's New Path
Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: What Are the Benefits of a Talent Hub Designation?
Francine Pratt, Springfield Business Journal
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