Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 11, 2019
New Coalition on Transition to Postsecondary
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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Dubbed Level Up, a new coalition of leaders from 18 education organizations aims to alleviate the misalignment between K-12 and higher education that too often derails students from earning a postsecondary degree or credential and becoming economically self-sufficient.

The group wants to measurably increase numbers of high school students, particularly from underrepresented groups, who are prepared for and successfully complete postsecondary education and training programs.
Jamie Merisotis
Congress Might Finally Overhaul Higher Education
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act could range from just clearing some cobwebs to a gut renovation of the bill. It could make sure the amount of Pell Grants for low-income students is consistent with the rising cost of college. It could increase federal oversight for higher-education institutions. Or it could eliminate some regulations to make it easier for colleges to try new things.  

As the House and Senate prepare for hearings to update the law governing colleges, a new report lays out some guiding principles.

Jamie Merisotis
Blue Collar No More: Skilled Auto Technicians Are in High Demand
Kate Rogers, CNBC
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More drivers are on the road throughout the country, with many keeping their vehicles longer than ever. That means workers like Michael Gerhart are in demand.  

To help bridge a gap of available workers, Icahn Automotive, with brands like AAMCO and Pep Boys, recently launched the "Race to 2026" program. The effort will offer scholarships, tuition reimbursement, and apprenticeship programs, along with job placement and continuing education opportunities through partnerships with schools like Lincoln Tech and Universal Technical Institute.

Part of the message is to break down the stigma associated with manual labor and present automotive services as a way for students to fuel both a passion and a career. 

Six Universities Making Big Investments in Data Science
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Data science opportunities have created a need for workers skilled in parsing sets of data and figuring out how to put that information to use. Job postings on Indeed.com for data scientists rose by 75 percent from 2015 to 2018. And that trend is only expected to continue. 

Public and private colleges and universities are responding to this demand by adding new degree paths, partnering with the private sector, and increasing research.

Facing Hunger, Housing Insecurities
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Bill Creates Workforce Development Program
Melina Druga, Pennsylvania Business Report (Pennsylvania)
California Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office/Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice 
'Don’t Stop Believin’ (in the Value of a College Degree)
U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor
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