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.
June 6, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
The Business Case for Enrolling Military Veterans
Michael Anft, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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When Michelle Dingee, 32, began her metamorphosis from a military veteran to student at Broward College five years ago, she felt lost. Things began to change thanks in part to a new center for veterans that provides advising, counseling, tutoring, and a place where veterans can meet and feel less isolated.

Such centers are key to recent efforts by some nonprofit colleges to recruit and serve student veterans. Having for many years largely ceded that market to for-profit institutions, they now have a strong incentive to enroll them: As population shifts threaten the solvency of tuition-dependent colleges especially, serving veterans offers an opportunity to learn which support programs might work best for the adult learners that colleges are eager to enroll.

How the Democrats Got Radicalized on Student Debt
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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The presidential-election cycle has barely begun but one thing is already clear: The Democratic candidates want to talk about student debt. The trillion-dollar student-loan bubble has captured the national imagination in ways few higher-education issues have, and candidates are essentially obligated to have a plan to address it.

The surprising part is how recent a development this issue has become. When Barack Obama was simply a senator running for the Democratic nod in 2008, the conversation around student debt and college affordability looked different—very different.
'Better to Be Born Rich Than Smart': Education Must Answer for Systemic Inequality
Anthony P. Carnevale, Education Week
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In a fair society, people's successes should reflect their talent and hard work. But that's not the case in the United States today. Instead, a child's likelihood of becoming a college graduate and achieving early career success depends more on his or her family's bank account and social status than on talent.

In short, in America, it is better to be born rich than smart, writes Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, in this commentary about class and racial imbalances in education.
Jamie Merisotis
Where Is Workforce Really Booming? Among the Oldest Workers.
Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor
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A funny thing is happening on the way to America’s aging crisis, which is expected to strain government resources and could well drag down economic growth. Increasingly, senior employees are staying in the workforce, either holding onto their jobs long beyond traditional retirement or returning to work after retirement.

And companies, which once tried to push seniors out the door, are waking up to the potential value that they offer.

Walmart Expands Employee Tuition Benefits
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs
Eric Morath, The Wall Street Journal
Opinion: Emergence of Blockchain
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
College Hunger Is No Laughing Matter
Mary Schuermann Kuhlman, Public News Service 
Essay: A Strategy for Campus Belonging
Catherine Epstein, Inside Higher Ed
Want to Be a Happy Prof? Teach Kids How to Get Jobs
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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