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 17, 2018
Changing Economy Has Michigan Residents Rethinking Future
John Counts, MLive
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Nancy Clouse has tried just about everything to make ends meet in Michigan.   

The 60-year-old Howard City resident has been a military wife, a convenience store clerk, small-town newspaper editor, factory worker, college student, a field scientist during the Enbridge oil spill on the Kalamazoo River, and a truck driver.  

In hindsight, however, she wishes she had a career like her dad who worked his whole life at the same factory, during what she calls the "golden age" of Michigan's economy, when one job could sustain a family for a generation. But those jobs are now in short supply, and the economic decline is affecting how Michigan educates its residents.
Career-Themed Schools in San Antonio Tackle Job Skills and Inequality
Bekah McNeel, The Hechinger Report/Christian Science Monitor
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CAST Tech, the newest public high school in San Antonio, Texas, looks like an outpost of Google. Fiber optic cables run along the ceilings and a cybersecurity lab occupies the basement. The school, located in the heart of San Antonio’s slowly revitalizing downtown, is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s biggest employers. That makes it easy for business executives to stop by. And they do.

Business leaders and workforce experts have come together to create a new kind of high school: a career-themed school designed to alleviate a local worker shortage and lift graduates into well-paying jobs in fast-growing industries.

State Financial Aid Money Dries Up Before Many Low-Income College Students Get Help
Alex Baumhardt and Chris Julin, APM Reports
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Nearly every state has some form of need-based tuition assistance for low-income students. Across the country, millions of students apply to states each year for aid. But hundreds of thousands of students who qualify for aid never receive it because the states simply run out of money.

Last year alone, more than 900,000 didn't receive the aid they applied for. And in 10 states, more than half of the eligible students who apply don't get any money.

Why International Students Are Important at Indiana University
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Michael A. McRobbie, president of Indiana University, talks about the benefits that international students bring to U.S. college campuses, including their contributions to an educational environment that prepares U.S. students to be “globally ready” for an interconnected and competitive future.
Americans Still Believe in Higher Ed's 'Public Good'
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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A new survey finds that most Americans continue to support government funding of higher education and to recognize that colleges and universities play many roles beyond helping them (or their children) get a good job or other personal return on investment. 
The Automated Workplace
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The Middle Class Is Shrinking in Colorado
Shannon Mullane, The Colorado Independent
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Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
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