Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 9, 2019
Coming Soon to a Storefront By You: A Microcampus for Online Learners
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As education moves online and colleges seek new ways of interacting with students, alumni, local communities, and other constituencies, institutions as diverse as the University of Phoenix, the University of Washington, and the Georgia Institute of Technology are responding with experimental, storefront-sized “microcampuses.”

They’re also looking at unexpected models—such as Amazon’s bricks-and-mortar stores—for ideas to improve students’ experience.
Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Anke Gladnick
Changing How You Think Helps the Transition From Prisoner Back To Citizen
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Raymond Tillman spent most of his adolescence and early adulthood behind bars. His last release—after three stints inside—was in 2011. When he got out, he had a lot to catch up on.

A parole officer suggested Tillman go to the Cal State San Bernardino Reentry Initiative. The new program works like a bridge between the world of corrections and the world of social services, with supports that include computer education, job/career development, life skills, bus passes, and food, as well as educational and vocational programming.

Jamie Merisotis
Report: Industry Credentials Earned in High School Out of Step With Employer Demand
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
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A new analysis of career and technical education (CTE) programs in 24 states finds that the industry credentials students can earn while in high school are not necessarily in high demand by employers nor would they lead to a living wage.

The report, from Burning Glass Technologies and ExcelinEd, recommends that states conduct an audit of CTE programs for quality and alignment with “high-skill, high wage, in-demand careers” and define and clarify the differences between a certification, a license, CTE assessments, and other credentials.

For These States and Cities, Funding College Is Money in the Bank
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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A majority of today's college graduates leave school with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. The issue of paying for college is so concerning that several 2020 presidential candidates have proposed forgiving student debt or making public colleges free.

Some states and cities aren't waiting. Instead, they're developing their own college funding plans.
Answers to Six Big Questions About the Skills Gap
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
An Innovative Approach to Education Opens Pathways in Colorado
Eric Dunker and Bob Binder, eCampus News
California Mulls Crackdown on Online Partnerships
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Dr. Stephanie Akunvabey: A Springboard for Students to Reach New Heights
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Invest in the Future by Investing in Young Adults
Alexandria Washington, Tallahassee Democrat
The Merit Aid Illusion
American Enterprise Institute
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