Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 12, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Facing Corporate Exodus and Thousands of Unfilled Skilled Jobs, Connecticut Pours Millions Into Tech Ed, Career Readiness
Debra West, The 74
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David Rada, a 30-year-old social worker, turned to coding boot camps when he decided to switch careers. The programs promised to take students with little or no background and turn them into software engineers in just 12 weeks. But the cost of stopping work for months of full-time, intense training while also paying tuition—an average of $12,000—was prohibitive.

Rada then found an announcement on the website of General Assembly, one of the leaders in boot camp-style education. The school was opening a site in Stamford, Connecticut, and tuition would be free for state residents.

Jamie Merisotis
A New Generation of ‘Un-DACAmented’ High School Graduates Fights Hurdles to Higher Ed
Marnette Federis, PRI
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For Ximena, a high school senior in California, college applications were a breeze. What was harder for the 18-year-old was deciding where to apply—and finding universities that had resources and scholarships for undocumented students like her. 

Ximena came to the United States from Mexico without documentation as a young child. As an undocumented student who is not a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Ximena and thousands of students like her can't get work permits or access most financial aid and scholarships. But some colleges and universities are stepping up to help.

Jamie Merisotis
Rural Students Often Go Unnoticed by Colleges. Can Virtual Counseling Put Them on the Map?
Steve Friess, The Hechinger Report
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Cayanne Korder long believed college would be her ticket out of the rural factory town of Red Wing, Minnesota. She fantasized about leaving the state to attend an elite university. But she also routinely dismissed that idea as impossible because her family didn’t have the means to make it happen.

Making matters worse: Red Wing High laid off its full-time college adviser in 2012 amid budget cuts.

Korder was in luck. Thanks to the help she received through a virtual advising program, she heads off to Emory University this fall on a full scholarship.

Jamie Merisotis
Rosetta Stone for Credentials: Why We Need Credential Transparency (and How to Get It)
The EvoLLLution
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Degrees are no longer the sole credential of value. With other offerings on the market—from professional certifications to badges and microcredentials—individuals are leveraging a wide array of alternative credentials to communicate their knowledge, skills, and abilities. But with so little connection between offerings, it’s difficult to know what these credentials truly mean.

In this interview, Scott Cheney of Credential Engine reflects on the current credentialing ecosystem and why we need an infrastructure to help clarify, categorize, and illuminate this “Wild West."

IHEP Report Recommends Strengthening Data-Use Practices
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
‘Unequal Higher Education’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Online Education: An Overlooked Lever of Education Policy
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Report Examines What 'Free College' Really Means
Pearl Stewart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: A Misguided Way to Collect Student-Loan Debt
Marc Hyden and Shoshana Weissmann, Governing the States and Localities
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