Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 30, 2018
Rhode Island’s Economic Recovery Fueled by Workforce Training
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Rhode Island, like most states, is struggling with a shortage of skilled workers. But the country's smallest state is making significant headway to better times thanks to an investment in workforce programs and education initiatives that train people for the jobs of today and tomorrow. 

Real Jobs Rhode Island is one of those demand-driven training programs. Launched in 2015, Real Jobs RI works directly with more than 30 partner employers to tailor training for specific openings in a dozen industries. More than 3,000 people have completed the program, gaining in-demand skills and getting good jobs.

Top Out-of-State Colleges Prowl San Diego Looking for Online Students
Gary Robbins, The San Diego Union-Tribune
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There’s a feeding frenzy for students going on in San Diego and other California cities, where big out-of-state schools are trying to capitalize on the promise of online education, largely to offset a huge drop in college enrollment that’s most acute in the Northeast and Midwest.

Prospective students are being offered a smorgasbord of options, including self-paced bachelor's programs, "speed to degree" MBAs, and certificates that can be earned quickly and easily promoted on LinkedIn and other job-related social media sites.
DeVos to Announce New Push for Deregulation, Innovation
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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The Trump administration says it wants more innovation in higher education. And it believes rewriting the rules for college accrediting agencies is the best way to encourage innovation.

In an exclusive interview with Inside Higher Ed, the administration's top higher education official describes the philosophy behind the latest proposed regulatory overhaul, which the U.S. Department of Education plans to unveil today by introducing a wide-reaching rule-making session.
'What Does a Trucker Look Like?’ It’s Changing, Amid a Big Shortage
Catie Edmondson, The New York Times
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Kristina Jackson, a 22-year-old driver based in Raleigh, North Carolina, is constantly reminded that she's an outlier in an industry that is 94 percent male and two-thirds white. That may be changing. 

The trucking industry is facing a record shortage with an estimated 50,000 more drivers needed to meet demand. In response, more companies are trying to recruit nontraditional drivers like women, younger individuals, and minorities to operate big rigs.

Can a Huge Online College Solve California’s Workforce Problems?
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Kansas City Works to Bridge the Jobs Gap
Brian Kaberline, Kansas City Business Journal
Drawing Lines on Apprenticeships
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Aviation Scholarship Program Aims to Bring Students Into Wichita
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Applications Open for Federal OER Grant
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Local Officials Help Inmates Find Future in Workforce
Garrett Kroeger, Natchez Democrat
Dual-Credit Education Programs in Texas: Phase II
American Institutes for Research
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