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.
June 10, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Technology Is Helping Prison Education Programs Scale. What’s the Catch?
Emily Tate, EdSurge
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Colleges and universities with prison education programs are increasingly using technology to deliver instruction to incarcerated individuals, even with strict limitations on internet access in correctional facilities.

But the technology also is raising serious questions about quality.

A new report from Ithaka S+R uses original and existing research to describe the landscape of prison education programs today and the challenges they face around quality, funding, and scalability. 

Jamie Merisotis
Research Experiences Have Major Benefits
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Community college students who participate in research experiences are more likely to be academically successful, says a recent study on the City University of New York Research Scholars Program (CRSP).

Students in the CRSP group also report an increased sense of belonging in college and say they are more likely to transfer to a research-intensive four-year school within CUNY or a university outside the CUNY system.

Jamie Merisotis
America’s Educational System Is an ‘Aristocracy Posing as a Meritocracy’
Jillian Berman, MarketWatch
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Education is often sold as a great equalizer, but new research suggests it’s actually reinforcing inequality.

Low-income kindergartners with high test scores are less likely to become well-off young adults than their higher income-peers with low test scores, according to a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. 

The study’s findings provide insight into a very basic question, according to Anthony Carnevale, one of the report's authors. Does our educational system work to propel the people with the most talent to the best jobs?

Jamie Merisotis
Six Lessons for Cleveland From European School-to-Work Models
Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer
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Northeast Ohio struggles with a shortage of skilled workers, and its young people suffer from a shortage of career opportunities.

European communities have found systematic ways to close those gaps, and implemented them broadly. They offer students early visions of prosperous futures, and help them along the pathways of training and work experience.

But sprouts of success also are visible in Cleveland, according to several business and education experts. The challenge, they say, is to do those things at scale.

Is College Worth It? Yes
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Short-Term Programs for Long-Term Success
Kerry Hannon, The New York Times
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