Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 27, 2019
Colorado Aims to Improve Its Postsecondary Education Gap
Stephanie Daniel, KUNC
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Jobs in Colorado are changing. As early as next year, nearly three out of four will require some type of advanced degree. That's prompted the Colorado Department of Higher Education to create a plan for helping residents attend and graduate from a postsecondary institution.

Angie Paccione, the department's new executive director, offers insight into the plan and her vision for Colorado in this interview.
Jamie Merisotis
Three Steps All Colleges Should Take After the Admissions Scandal
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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The revelation earlier this month that a few dozen parents allegedly paid millions to get their children into elite universities put the spotlight on areas of the admissions process vulnerable to exploitation.

As the dust settles, many colleges and universities are attempting to rebuild trust in the process by reviewing pathways in, increasing fraud protection, and exploring new ways to give all applicants a fair shot.

Jamie Merisotis
The #RealCollege Guru Offers Three Ways to Fix California’s Student Financial Aid
Felicia Mello, CALmatters
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Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab has been trying to get policymakers to address the cost of college for years, advocating policy proposals from free community college to one-stop benefits for low-income students. Her focus on students' unmet basic needs has popularized the hashtag #RealCollege, and she has set up a research institute to study the issue.

In this interview, Goldrick-Rab discusses a new study on food and housing insecurity among California community college students, the financial aid practices she believes actually contribute to student poverty, and what California can learn from other states.

Who Is the Modern CTE Student?
American Enterprise Institute
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Although career and technical education (CTE) used to be viewed as a “dumping ground” for unmotivated and academically disinclined students, it now creates programs of study that are rigorous and aligned with in-demand postsecondary education programs and career pathways.

A new study has found that students who concentrate in CTE may actually be more likely to go to college than otherwise equivalent students who do not.
What Can Online Education Learn From March Madness?
Dror Ben-Naim and Ryan Craig, eCampus News
The Nature of Work Is Changing: Are You Ready?
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
Opinion: How the Digital World Can Change the Work Environment
JoAnne Estrada, Houston Business Journal
For an Asian-American Family, the Cost of Education
Jingjing Xiao, The New York Times
Symposium Looks at Transformative Education in Prison
Tennessee Watson, Wyoming Public Radio
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