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.
June 7, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Lifelong Learning and Academics in the Age of Change
Jeff Ryder, WorkingNation
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There are many pathways to lifelong learning, but one college has made it its mission to be the recognized leader in the evolution of adult learning. 

Brandman University is a private, nonprofit school originally established by Chapman University in 1958 to provide educational opportunities to the now-closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Since then, it’s become a separate institution, expanding its role to focus on working adults—87 percent of students work while attending Brandman—and helping them continue the process of learning on their own time.

Jamie Merisotis
Scholarships and Self-Care: New Orleans Charter School Network Sends Grads Off to College With Mental Health Safety Net
Beth Hawkins, The 74
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As witness to a devastating hurricane and a suicide at a very young age, Jadda Green wants to pay her resilience forward with a degree in psychology. Collegiate Academies will provide the support and resources Green needs to make that happen while she's at college.

A network of six public charter schools in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Collegiate has sent seven graduating classes off to pursue bachelor’s degrees. The program helps with everything from financial aid and enrollment to troubleshooting mental health issues that may come up as graduates make the transition. It also holds alumni events, visits graduates on campus, and collects data to help network high schools better prepare students for college life.  

Jamie Merisotis
More Than Half of Online Learners Want to Change Careers
James Paterson, Education Dive
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More than half (53 percent) of college students enrolled online do so as a way to change careers, while 18 percent are preparing for their first professional job, according to an annual survey from online program manager Learning House and Aslanian Market Research. 

Several factors drive online students' college choices. Undergraduate and graduate students alike selected affordability as the top factor in what institution they selected. Other reasons included program reputation, how quickly they could earn a degree, and whether they could also take in-person classes. 

Jamie Merisotis
Turning Education Into Jobs for Formerly Incarcerated People
Gov. Jay Inslee, Medium
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For Darin Armstrong, getting a job in December was a win. What made it even more significant is that he was released from the Cedar Creek Corrections Center only a month earlier. The Washington State Department of Transportation hired him as a natural resource technician.

A state interagency partnership taught Armstrong the skills he needed to land a job. For the past year, the Department of Corrections, along with the Evergreen State College, teamed up with the Department of Transportation to give people being released from prison a chance to work for the state. It is made possible through a program called the Sustainability in Prison Project.

‘The Educated Underclass’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
San Antonio College’s Dr. Robert Vela Leading With Intention
Tiffany Pennamon. Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Is This Minority Group Too Small to Have a Voice on Campus?
Matthew Wolfgram and Bailey Smolarek, The Hechinger Report
A Milestone for a Promise Program
AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: A Chance for ‘Dreamers’
Cristian Farias, The New York Times
Bolstering the Public Voice in Accreditation
Center for American Progress
Study of Community College Students and Information Technology, 2019
EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR)
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