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 5, 2019
UMass Plans Online College for Adult Learners
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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Citing a looming demographic cliff that he calls an "existential threat" to New England and the institutions he leads, the president of the University of Massachusetts System announced yesterday that the system plans to create an online college to serve adult learners.

In his annual State of the University address, Martin Meehan says the best way to secure UMass's future and meet the state's workforce needs is to create a freestanding online institution that specializes in educating working learners. Online courses for the university system's traditional-age students would continue to be delivered through UMass Online.
Jamie Merisotis
Building a Career, Five Weeks at a Time: A Way to Navigate Pittsburgh's Job Market
Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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When the graduation ceremony unfolded, the certificates handed out were not college degrees costing thousands of dollars. Rather, they reflected five weeks of job training at no cost for a group of individuals at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Within days, each graduate had a job offer.

The program is part of a sea change in how people build careers in Pittsburgh. Degree programs are being broken into bite-size chunks of building blocks that workers can stack based on the demands of a given job. These building blocks, or micro-credentials, also help employers fill positions with high turnover and allow educators to provide lower-cost courses more closely linked with open jobs.

Jamie Merisotis
Low-Income Students Aren't Graduating From College at Same Rate as Higher-Income Students
David Jesse, Detroit Free Press
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A persistent gap exists between the graduation rate for students who receive Pell Grants (federal financial aid for lower-income students) and those who don't. New research from the federal government says the gap can be found at every public Michigan university and most private schools.

The information comes as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to unveil a budget that will include new programs for increasing the number of people going on for some sort of education past high school. Whitmer wants 60 percent of Michiganders between the ages of 16 and 64 to have a postsecondary education, including a certificate, associate's, and bachelor's degree.

How Can We Level the Playing Field of Luck?
TED Radio Hour
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Eshauna Smith, CEO of Urban Alliance, says we cannot let luck decide the fate of underprivileged youth. Rather, adults must make "purposeful interventions" to create opportunities for all young people to reach their full potential. Listen to Smith's story in this episode of TED Radio Hour. 
How UT-Austin’s Bold Plan for Reinvention Went Belly Up
Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Who Wants to Work in Manufacturing?
Ingrid Case, Twin Cities Business (Minnesota)
Bringing Back Stop-Outs 
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Creating a Supportive Atmosphere
Elizabeth Cooper, Virginia Business Magazine
Research Brief Explores the Impact of Predominantly Black Institutions
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
College Affordability Creates Hurdles for Many Students
Jennifer Lee, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
2019 Florida Legislative Session Preview
Florida College Access Network
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