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 21, 2018
Think Tank Proposal Would Aim for No Student Borrowing
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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An ambitious college affordability plan released by the Center for American Progress Wednesday aims to guarantee that no student has to borrow to pay for a college education.

Unlike other notable free college or debt-free college proposals, the plan, dubbed "Beyond Tuition," would impose quality standards on institutions to ensure they address disparate outcomes for students of color, low-income students, and other nontraditional groups.

The plan also would provide up to $10,000 a year for costs not related to tuition and fees such as housing, food, and transportation.
STRIVE Helps Underserved Job Seekers Overcome Employment Barriers
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Addressing the skills gap challenge involves finding local solutions. New York nonprofit STRIVE focuses on underserved communities, working with area employers to find out the skills they need for the jobs available.

STRIVE's Career Pathway includes a four-week job readiness program that teaches comprehensive career-development courses focusing on soft skills. Participants eventually gain industry-recognized credentials in growth industries such as healthcare, construction, and food service. The final phase of the program entails working with local businesses to get the job-seeker hired. 

Georgia State Uses a Chatbot to Attack ‘Summer Melt’
Martha Dalton, WABE
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Research shows that between 10 and 40 percent of enrolled freshmen may not show up to campus in the fall. It's a phenomenon known as "summer melt."

The reasons vary, but many first-generation or low-income students are confused by financial aid deadlines and other college-related requirements. 

To help these and other students, Georgia State University uses a text-based intervention called "Pounce" that answers students' questions and guides them to and through college.  

Moving Beyond the Buzzword: Understanding Innovation in Higher Education
The EvoLLLution
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In April 2018, the Online Learning Consortium surveyed more than 100 college and university administrators to gain insight into the drivers of and barriers to innovation in postsecondary education.

In this interview, Jill Buban, Senior Director of Research and Innovation, offers her take on the study's findings and how colleges and universities can take steps to define and employ innovation to support student access and success on their campuses.
Could 'Mid-Tech' Jobs Elevate More People and Non-Coastal Places?
Mark Muro, Jacob Whiton, and Patrick McKenna, Brookings Institution
IU, Purdue Polytechnic Partner on College Prep
Andy Ober, Inside INdiana Business (Indiana)
Cutting Away From Excelsior
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Enrollment Boost From Summer Pell
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Opportunities for Career Education to Close the Middle-Skill Jobs Gap
San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research
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