Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 1, 2019
At Arizona State, Big Lectures Are History
Douglas Belkin, The Wall Street Journal
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In a recent Introduction to Biology class at Arizona State University, students can be found working together to help solve a mock kidnapping of the school mascot. They practiced using a micropipette to load a simulated DNA sample and took a group quiz to cap the day.

The class is part of an effort to break down the traditional lecture-homework-exam approach to higher education and move toward one designed for students who have grown up using technology. 

School leaders say the model is meeting a diverse student body where they are and preparing them for what employers want—workers who can collaborate and use technology to solve problems.
Jamie Merisotis
'Earn While You Learn' Apprenticeships Called an Answer to Nebraska's Skilled Worker Shortages
Roseann Moring, Omaha World-Herald
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An apprenticeship system popular in Germany might be one answer to Nebraska's skilled worker shortage. Two German companies with American headquarters in Nebraska, CLAAS of America and Graepel North America, recently signed a pledge to implement a dual study apprenticeship program through the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training.

In these apprenticeships, youths or others seeking job training can work and earn money while also receiving training through Metropolitan Community College.

Democratic Take on the Higher Education Act
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Senator Patty Murray said Thursday that an overhaul of the Higher Education Act should tackle college affordability directly by addressing state investment in public colleges and boosting federal spending on need-based aid programs like Pell Grants.

Murray, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate's education committee, argued that even when college students receive federal grant aid, it covers a diminishing proportion of the total cost of college, meaning more low-income and minority students in particular are forced to take out student loans. 
Jamie Merisotis
Report Says ‘Leaky Pipeline’ of Students in Education System Is Costing North Carolina Skilled Workers
T. Keung Hui, The News & Observer
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The fastest-growing jobs in North Carolina now require more education. A new report indicates gaps where interventions are needed to meet the state’s increasing need for a highly trained workforce. The report comes as projections show the state’s workforce falling short of the number of skilled workers needed over the next decade.

The study, from Carolina Demography and the John M. Belk Endowment, does not evaluate why students drop out of the pipeline but provides valuable data on who is falling out of the pipeline and when. At every step in the pipeline, there are persistent differences in the likelihood of success by geographic location, sex, and race or ethnicity.

Johnnetta Cole, Jafari Allen: HBCUs Are Needed and Relevant
Melanie Eversley, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Two of the nation's foremost Black academics and experts on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) say the 100 predominantly Black schools around the country may be fighting to survive, but they remain relevant as they educate students about social activism and the responsibility of personal acceptance. 
Jamie Merisotis
Rethinking the Over 50 Workforce
Marie Cini, HR Dive
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one in four U.S. workers will be over the age of 55 by 2024. With demographics shifts looming large, it's time to upend the bias against age and instead consider the current workforce as a strategic advantage. 

Marie Cini, president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, says savvy employers may be able to get ahead of skills gaps by investing in not just tomorrow's workers, but developing tomorrow's skills in their current workforce. 

Blog: On Being Student-Centered
Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S+R
Education and Training in the ‘Gig’ Economy
Brent Orrell, American Enterprise Institute
Blog: Serving California’s Diverse College Students
Sergio Sanchez and Hans Johnson, Public Policy Institute of California
Leaky Pipeline Report
Carolina Demography and the John M. Belk Endowment
The Changing Career Trajectories of New Parents in STEM
Scientists and Engineering Statistical Data System
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