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 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Elite Colleges Constantly Tell Low-Income Students That They Do Not Belong
Clint Smith, The Atlantic
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Last week's college admissions scandal has set off a wave of conversations about how the wealthy are able to manipulate their way into the country's elite colleges and universities. But the scandal also provides an opportunity to interrogate how these universities are set up in ways that systematically amplify and exacerbate the class differences between their students. 

Specifically, students from low-income backgrounds often receive daily reminders—interpersonal and institutional, symbolic and structural—that they are the ones who do not belong.

Will Artificial Intelligence Change the Economy for the Better?
James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute
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Will artificial intelligence (AI) lead to a jobless economy? Can AI stimulate lasting economic growth? Is anti-competitive behavior by big tech slowing the rate of AI innovation? Professor Robert Seamans of New York University's Stern School of Business and former Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors offers some answers on this episode of the Political Economy podcast. 
Jamie Merisotis
Training Unlikely Techies
Kaveh Waddell, Axios
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In several midsize cities across the United States, unusual software teams are programming apps and websites. In past lives, these workers delivered pizzas and parcels, tended stores, and taught in schools, or drove Ubers and forklifts.

They made the unlikely jump to tech by way of apprenticeships—free intensive training followed by jobs at the companies that taught them. This train-and-hire model may be a potential answer to a growing issue: how to get people whose jobs are likely to be automated into new, future-proof work that requires vastly different skills.

Jamie Merisotis
How Much Does Getting Into an Elite College Actually Matter?
Kevin Carey, The New York Times
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The individuals involved in the now well-publicized college admissions scheme were charged with paying up to $1.2 million for guaranteed admission to elite universities. And of course there's a much larger and mostly legal system whereby wealthy people pull strings, hire consultants and make enormous tax-deductible donations, all in the hopes of improving their children's college chances.

Yet academic research suggests that these efforts are mostly a waste of money, and that the seized opportunities would have actually helped other students much more.

JPMorgan's Big-Dollar Bet on Community Colleges
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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A $350 million investment by JPMorgan Chase and Co. aims to improve worker skills and develop new training programs in high-demand fields such as information technology, health care, and advanced manufacturing.

The money will build on the work from a previous investment for efforts by community colleges to better collaborate with employers on designing programs and curricula more relevant to today's jobs. 
Jamie Merisotis
Teaching in America’s Prisons Has Taught Me to Believe in Second Chances
Andrea Cantora, The Conversation
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Education can be a gateway to social and economic mobility. And for those who are incarcerated, access to vocational training and postsecondary education is often a lifesaver. More than opening doors to better employment opportunities upon release from prison and reducing the likelihood of returning, prison education programs give incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women a second chance to thrive.  

Impact Investing for Educational Progress
Jamie Merisotis, Stanford Social Innovation Review 
Opinion: Building the On-Ramps to the 'Good Jobs Superhighway'
Michelle Weise and Allison Salisbury, The Hill
Improving the Student Experience
Jenni Cardenas, AACC 21st Century Center
Milo: Collaboration Is Key to Attract Talent
Andy Ober, Inside INdiana Business (Indiana)
Female Inmates Prep for Manufacturing Jobs
Debbie Blank, Batesville Herald Tribune
New Legislation Would Provide Students Key Information About College Outcomes
Clare McCann and Amanda Janice Roberson, New America
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