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 8, 2019
Behind Bars and in College
Lee Gaines, EWA Radio
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If you’re an inmate in Illinois, what educational programs are available to help you get your life back on track?

That’s the question this episode of EWA Radio seeks to answer in an ongoing series looking at funding, challenges, and policy changes affecting learning opportunities for tens of thousands of prisoners.
Jamie Merisotis
Associate Degrees Linked to Better Employment, Earnings
James Paterson and Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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New research from the American Council on Education recommends that high school graduates pursue associate degrees as a way to improve their economic status-and that community colleges provide better personal and academic supports for students once they arrive on campus. 

The report also calls on high schools to emphasize the benefits of an associate degree to students by incorporating more college and career education in the classroom. Colleges, too, can support these efforts by offering opportunities for students to visit their campuses.

Jamie Merisotis
What Poor Kids Want Rich Colleges to Know About Their Experiences
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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When Zuri Gordon received several thick envelopes in the mail saying she got into highly selective colleges, she hoped her family would be thrilled. But that’s not how it played out.

Gordon, who addressed an audience at SXSW EDU this week, said her challenges began during the application process. They continued at Brandeis University, where Gordon quickly felt that the campus was not designed for her, but for students of greater means. 

The Growing Profile of Non-Degree Credentials: Diving Deeper Into ‘Education Credentials Come of Age’
The EvoLLLution
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The world of credentialing is changing fast. Employer needs have evolved in concert with improving hiring support technologies. Higher education institutions are now in a difficult position, responding to changing employer and student demands for credentials that signal job readiness. 

In Educational Credentials Come of Age, Sean Gallagher of the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy at Northeastern University shares the results of a comprehensive study on the progress and growth of non-degree credentials when it comes to supporting employability. He expands on some of those findings in this interview.
Salaries Prove a College’s Value
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
The Mood Brightens: A Survey of Presidents
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: The Sweet Spot on Free College: Why 14 Is the New 12
Anthony P. Carnevale, The Washington Post
Letters to the Editor: A Jobs Bill That Helps Train Workers
Tim Kaine and Rob Portman, The New York Times
Opinion: Partnerships, Training Key to Good, Promising Jobs in the Inland Empire
Paulette Brown Hinds and Al Arguello, The Press-Enterprise
State Postsecondary Governance Structures
Education Commission of the States
Addressing the Employment Challenge
American Enterprise Institute
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