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.
May 17, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Three Ways to Help More Underrepresented Students Graduate From College
The Hechinger Report
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Boosting education equity should be the starting point for a solution aimed at narrowing the nation’s widening—and alarming—gaps in income, wealth, and education.

Richard Whitmire, a veteran education reporter and author, offers three solutions—that when taken together—may result in positive change. 

Jamie Merisotis
How Goddard’s New President Plans to Save His Struggling Experimental College
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Bernard Bull has long been a champion of experimental higher education models—ones that cast off outdated notions of how things have always been done.

Bull has his work cut out for him as president of Goddard College in Vermont. The college is on the verge of closing; last year, its accreditor placed the institution on probation.

Bull talks about his ideas for turning the experimental college around in this podcast. 

Jamie Merisotis
‘Mayor’ of San Francisco Tenderloin District Works to Provide Tech Jobs to Underserved, At-Risk
Sharon Chin, CBS San Fransciso
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A man who was once described as the biggest drug dealer of San Francisco’s Tenderloin is now known as the district’s “mayor” for his work in making sure his neighbors get a fair shot at new technology jobs in their area.

Del Seymour founded Code Tenderloin in 2015. The nonprofit has provided free job training classes to more than 1,000 homeless, formerly incarcerated, and others who are at-risk. Program participants learn basic coding and job readiness skills such as interviewing and resume writing.

Nearly nine in 10 Code Tenderloin participants secure jobs or go to college. The group partners with firms like Uber, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Twitter, which offer grants, classroom space, volunteers, and in some cases, paid internships.

Jamie Merisotis
Do Tech Companies Inflate the Cost of Online Education? A CEO Responds
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Recent news articles have leveled plenty of criticism at online program managers—the tech companies that help colleges build online-degree programs.

In this video, 2U's CEO Chip Paucek responds to questions about the OPM model, his company’s place in that universe, and why 2U just paid three-quarters of a billion dollars for a company that runs coding boot camps.

Essay: The Untapped Potential of Making and Makerspaces
Charles M. Schweik, Inside Higher Ed
Inequities in Public College Funding
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Opinion: Nontraditional College Students Deserve More Support
Suchitra Gururaj and Vivé Griffith, The Inquirer
A K-16 Pathway
AACC 21st Century Center
Most Out-of-Work Young Adults Face Bleak Job Prospects
Martha Ross, Brookings Institution
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