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 25, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Cancelling Student Loan Debt
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Up to $50,000 in student loan debt will be cancelled for 42 million Americans under a bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives by South Carolina Democrat James E. Clyburn, the majority whip, and in the Senate by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

That provision alone in the Student Loan Debt Relief Act would include 95 percent of borrowers, eliminating all debt for 75 percent of them. 

Jamie Merisotis
Amazon Plans to Upskill 100,000 Employees. Here’s What That Means for the Future of Work
Scott Latham, Fast Company
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Amazon’s announcement that it will invest $700 million to retrain 100,000 employees—a third of its U.S. workforce—in new technologies is the latest reminder that the much-heralded future of work is well underway. 

As policy makers, analysts, and scholars debate the rationale behind Amazon's announcement, one fact is clear and indisputable: The jobs of tomorrow will require at least some competency in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math.

Some companies are stepping up to get their workers ready for the future of work. But as this professor argues, higher education needs to take the lead.

Jamie Merisotis
How Different Racial Groups Think Schools Should Prepare Students for the Future of Work
Alyson Klein, Education Week
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Advances in technology, including increased automation, are likely to reshape the workforce over the next two decades. So how should K-12 schools be responding to this reality?

The answer depends, in part, on the race of the person you're asking, according to a new report. The study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies says people of color are more likely than Whites to believe schools should focus more on computer programming and other technologies to prepare young people for the future. 

Jamie Merisotis
A Safe Place to Land
Tabitha Whissemore, Community College Daily
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It started with a news story. A young woman from Billings, Montana, had aged out of the foster system and received a car by a local Chevy dealership. During the interview, she talked about her dreams of going to college.

Rich Rowe was watching the news when the segment aired. Rowe and his wife had been foster parents. He knew firsthand the barriers young people in foster care face. As a trustee at Dawson Community College (DCC), he also saw an opportunity to help. 

Help ultimately came in the form of the Dawson Promise. The new program aims to provide a debt-free college education and support services to unaccompanied youths who are homeless or aging out of foster care.

The Future of Higher Education and Industry
Janet Kline, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Responsibility to Low-Income Workers
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
It Pays to Live and Work in These Cities
Victoria Lim, WorkingNation
Has College Gotten Too Easy?
Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic
Blog: Why Innovations Fail
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Work Continues on Educational Attainment
Doug LeDuc, FW Business Weekly
Educational Skills: A Tale of Diverging Trends
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum
Vallejo Area in Bottom Half of Educated U.S. Cities, Study Finds
Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times Herald
New Report: Student Loan Debt Widens Racial Wealth Gap
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Tuition-Free College Could Cost Less Than You Think
David Deming, The New York Times
Quicksand: Borrowers of Color and the Student Debt Crisis
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Center for Responsible Lending
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