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 14, 2018
Beyond Tuition: How Innovations in College Affordability Are (or Aren’t) Helping Students
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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Sandy Baum, a fellow in the Education Policy Program at the Urban Institute, watches the issue of college affordability—and its proposed solutions—closely. In this podcast, EdSurge talks with Baum about free community college programs, the value of alternative online degrees and badges, student-loan debt, and more.

Texas Skills Gap Is Stressing the South's Economy, Report Finds
Mark Collette, The Houston Chronicle
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A new report by the National Skills Coalition says Texas and other southern states are at risk of being left behind in an accelerating economy if they don't create more ways to educate and train people of color, especially for jobs that require "middle skill" sets.

The southern economy, once built on low-skill industries, now has a majority of job openings that require education and training beyond high school, but not a college degree, according to the report.
What Do Online Students Want? Three Findings From a New Survey Offer Some Clues
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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What do online students want? According to a new survey, they want to conduct more of their course activities on their mobile phones or tablets, and they’d like better career-planning services. Their biggest regrets? They all relate to not having done enough research about the college and what it would cost before they enrolled.

States Struggle to Close Degree-Attainment Gaps
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Most states have set goals for the proportion of their residents that should have a college degree or certificate in the next few years.

But many of those states will not reach those goals if they don't close gaps between black and white and Latino and white adult students, according to a set of reports released today by the Education Trust.

Relevancy: Innovate, Evolve, or Perish
Edward Abeyta, The EvoLLLution
Four Models for Competency-Based Education
Dian Schaffhauser, T.H.E. Journal
Google Wants to Play a Bigger Role in Your College Search. Here’s What You Need to Know.
Dan Bauman, Goldie Blumenstyk, and Andy Thomason, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Report: University Faculty Can Use Small Data to Make Big Change Now
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Essay: An Inside Look at Why Accreditation Works
Robert Ubell, Inside Higher Ed
Seeking Votes on PROSPER, GOP Appears to Come Up Short
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Alternative Path Necessary to Bridge Skills Gap
Carly Servis, Citrus County Chronicle
Preparing Students for Workplace of the Future
Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Online College Students 2018
Learning House and Aslanian Market Research
Bringing Accountability to Life
Center for Policy Research and Strategy
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