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 25, 2018
Chicago’s Workforce Development Solution: It Starts With a Job
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Skills for Chicagoland’s Future has an important mission: matching businesses in need of skilled workers with qualified unemployed or underemployed job seekers. It is accomplishing this in a unique way.

“A lot of times the workforce system is focused on getting somebody trained and then hoping and praying that they’ll have a job. This model is kind of flipped. It starts with the job,” explains CEO Marie Trzupek Lynch.
Looking to 2040: Anticipating the Future of Higher Education
The EvoLLLution
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Higher education is likely to take on a more holistic role in the future, becoming a trusted partner in learners’ academic journeys from adolescence through to retirement.

In this interview, Richard DeMillo, Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Institute of Technology, reflects on the future of higher education and why institutions need to find ways to equip students with the skills needed for success in a rapidly changing labor market.

New Research Initiative Targets Impact of Prison Education Programs
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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A new research initiative by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) plans to assess the impact of Higher Education in Prison (HEP) programs and their role in promoting successful re-entry and post-release outcomes among incarcerated students. Specifically, the two-year effort will identify key data to inform program quality, develop robust standards of practice, and, ultimately, improve student outcomes.

A First-of-Its-Kind Ohio Program Offers Thousands of Free Training Courses From Libraries
Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News
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Ohio will be the first state to expand its online library learning program statewide, allowing any Ohioan with a valid library card to take thousands of small, free online courses whether for fun or to bolster a work resume.

While some of the software tutorials and job interviewing videos take a matter of minutes, the system also offers numerous structured learning pathways for those who want to take a series of classes aimed at a particular career goal.
Opinion: State Takes Action to Strengthen Nursing Workforce
Mitchell Nesler, Poughkeepsie Journal
How Republican and Democratic Wish Lists on Higher Education Stack Up
Teghan Simonton, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A Fast Track for Perkins
Community College Daily
Blog: High Aims for Aim Higher?
Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann, New America
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