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 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Why 36 Million American Adults Can’t Read Enough to Work—and How to Help Them
Kavitha Cardoza, PBS NewsHour
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In the United States, 36 million adults lack the basic literacy skills needed to sustain employment. They struggle to read or do basic math. They can't decipher a street sign, a pay stub, or a menu.

Every year, thousands of these individuals overcome shame and fear and go back to school. But inadequate funding and long waiting lists make their struggles even harder.

Maine is one of the few states where the governor has proposed increasing funding for adult education.

The Surreal End of an American College
Alia Wong, The Atlantic
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Newbury College, a small, private liberal-arts school in Brookline, Massachusetts, held classes through the end of this past spring semester and then bid a final farewell to cap-and-gown-wearing seniors. Newbury officially ceased operations at the end of May.

In many ways, a college’s closure plays out like a business liquidation—the employees get their severance packages, the property goes on the market, the customers are told to move on. But for students and faculty at Newbury, the closure cuts much deeper. 

Jamie Merisotis
Automation Is Remaking Mississippi Jobs: Are Workers Ready?
Megan Conn, The Hechinger Report
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Rising use of automated technologies has eliminated thousands of jobs in Mississippi, and many more are at risk, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. In response, state leaders, businesses, and educators are investing in new educational pathways designed to better prepare workers of all ages for tomorrow’s jobs.

Do the Industry Credentials Students Earn Truly Prepare Them for Success? Most States Don’t Have the Data to Tell
Patricia Levesque and Matt Sigelman, The 74
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"Career readiness” has become the policymakers’ buzzword of the 21st century. States offer a wide range of career and technical education programs and credentials intended to prepare students for success. But how effective—and relevant—are these programs and the credentials that students ultimately earn?

The Problem With Bootcamps: Research Uncovers Transparency Issues
Caren Arbeit and Emily Forrest Cataldi, The EvoLLLution
Struggling Law Schools Can Expect Tighter Scrutiny Ahead
Shailaja Neelakantan, Education Dive
Can a Health-Insurance Model Bring ‘Equitable Access’ to the Textbook Market?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
TICAS Report Sheds Light on Student Loan Defaults
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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