Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
States Put Stamp on Student Loan Oversight
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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New state regulations are testing arguments by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration that only the federal government, and not the states, has the authority to police loan servicers. Recent court rulings, though, appear to have only strengthened the hand of states seeking to wield more oversight powers.

Seven states so far this year have passed laws requiring loan servicers to meet consumer protection requirements. And a bill that may be the most far-reaching in the country could be headed for passage in the California Senate.

Jamie Merisotis
How One College Went ‘All In’ in Its Neighborhood
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Educational opportunity is vital to a thriving city. And while entrepreneurial Portland, Oregon, is doing well in many respects, some neighborhoods, as anywhere, are down and out. That’s especially true on the north side, near old industrial sites, where the population is less white and Concordia University, a private liberal-arts institution, for years shared a corner with a rundown elementary and middle school.

That geography led the university and local school system to come together with several companies and foundations to plan a new school. The idea was to put—under one roof—students in kindergarten through eighth grade, the university’s college of education, an early-childhood center, a medical and dental clinic, a low-cost food club, and other services for students and their families.

Jamie Merisotis
How Well Do Soft-skill Badges Work for Job Seekers? New Study Aims to Find Out.
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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Nonprofit Education Design Lab is launching a two-year initiative, BadgedToHire, to explore the value of credentials in the hiring process, particularly for underserved learners. 

The BadgedToHire project will expand skills-training pilot programs at the University of Maine, San Jose State University, and Central New Mexico Community College. The goal is to help those institutions become more-effective matchmakers for their students and local companies.

Jamie Merisotis
Florida Continues Computer Science Push, Hoping to Train More Teachers, Enroll More High School Students
Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel
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The field of computer science offers plenty of well-paying jobs, but less than 1 percent of the undergraduates enrolled in Florida’s universities earned degrees in that major last year.

State leaders hope a new $10 million investment to train more computer science teachers—the largest in the nation—and new flexibility in course requirements will help get more teenagers into computer science classes in high school and persuade them to stick with the subject once in college.

College Should Be More Useful
Naomi Schaefer Riley, American Enterprise Institute
Washington State's Big Bet on 'Free College'
William Zumeta, Alton Telegraph
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