Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 3, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
I Was an ‘Accidental Racist’ Who Helped Deny Education to Others
Scott Jenkins, Medium
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I am the grandson of a rural, Southern sharecropper. I am white. I am male. And I am a conservative. And, while I am not a skinhead, member of the Klan or a White Citizens Council, I may have been equally dangerous. I was an accidental racist.

Scott Jenkins, Lumina Foundation’s strategy director for state policy, shares his personal journey around race in America as part of Lumina's commitment to equity and justice.

Jamie Merisotis
Small Business Creating Living Wage Jobs for the Formerly Incarcerated
Jeff Ryder, WorkingNation
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American Abatement and Demo is a second-chance employer in every sense of the word. Founded by Mari and Aaron Borrero, the company hires formerly incarcerated individuals and provides them with an opportunity to earn a living wage.

Education through the University Beyond Bars (UBB) program is key to the couple's business. Aaron, himself formerly incarcerated, is one of the founders of UBB. The program works with inmates at the State Reformatory in Monroe, Washington, offering three educational pathways (degree, certificate, and lecture series) along with a range of cultural and college-prep efforts.

Jamie Merisotis
Some Colleges and Universities Are Bringing the Classroom to the Workplace
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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To build career skills, professors at Castleton University teach hospitality at a ski resort. Another university teaches fermentation at a brewery. Yet another runs classes for its students at Google, where they simultaneously work. Two teach aviation-related subjects at an airport.

These aren’t internships, apprenticeships, or co-op programs that require students to take jobs on the way to their degrees. That’s because academic faculty accompany the students to the job site. At a time when American employers—and Americans in general—think colleges and universities aren’t bringing workplace skills to the classroom, some colleges and universities are bringing the classroom to the workplace. 

Jamie Merisotis
Covering Tuition Via Campus Work
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Northeast Texas Community College started Work4College (W4C) in 2014 as a way to give students an opportunity to stay on campus in the summer and work in jobs that pay more than those in the community.

Some of the W4C students work on the college’s 275-acre sustainable farm, while others build greenhouses, weed flower beds, take inventory at the college bookstore, or work in the student service office as peer tutors. More than physical work, participating students must take a summer course covering financial planning, soft skills, and college-success skills. The program also includes supervisors trained to serve as mentors.

Human Skills: Critical Components of Future Work
Glenda Stump, George Westerman, and Katherine Hall, The EvoLLLution
As Economy Changes, Rowan Can’t Afford to Fall Behind Country
Josh Bergeron, Salisbury Post (North Carolina)
Essay: College Promise Programs and Undocumented Students
Victoria Ballerini, Miriam Feldblum, and Daniel Kent, Inside Higher Ed
States Continue to See Increases in Completion Rates
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Higher Ed Deal in the Works?
Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
A Rejuvenated Push for HEA
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Opinion: Dreamers Hold Their Breath While SUPCO Mulls Future
Arthur Rizer and Prabishi Bhandari, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Completing College National and State Reports
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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