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.
May 20, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Little Support in U.S. for College Students Raising Children
Christopher Booker and Mori Rothman, PBS NewsHour
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

For Amber Angel's schedule to work, her juggling act between school, work, and her kids has to be precise. But today is a day for going off script. After years of squeezing morning and night class between part-time jobs and countless trips to and from day care, the 31-year-old single mom of two daughters is in line to pick out her cap and gown for her college graduation. 

Angel beat the odds. Only about 8 percent of single mothers in college will obtain associate's or bachelor's degrees within six years. But one California college may have come up with the solution to that challenge.

Jamie Merisotis
Climbing the Student Debt Mountain
Ed Butler, BBC
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

The average American graduate leaves college with $37,000 in debt. The financial burden often creates lifelong consequences for students, with many forced to put major life decisions on hold indefinitely.

The BBC's Business Daily podcast examines some of the efforts to liberate students from the debt crisis, including a new financial aid initiative at the University of Utah. 

Jamie Merisotis
Revolutionizing Online Education: A Conversation With President Michael Crow of Arizona State University
Emal Dusst and Rebecca Winthrop, Brookings Institution
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

In the United States, online courses have more than quadrupled in the last 15 years and are growing even more quickly around the globe. Pursuing a degree through a high-quality online program offers not just cost reduction but also increased flexibility, especially for nontraditional students.

Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, is a pioneer in online education. In this interview, Crow offers his thoughts on the future direction of online education and the challenges of growing online education programs. 

Jamie Merisotis
Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
Agam Shah, The Wall Street Journal
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

Automation is changing the way factories operate. In response, some U.S. companies are training machinists in programming and robotics to give them a taste of coding.

Competition from China was among the reasons Drew Greenblatt, chief executive of manufacturing firm Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC, purchased $2 million worth of robots in the past 15 months. The Baltimore-based maker of wire baskets is training employees on operating the robots and using laser-cutting software. 

National Workforce Group Rolls Up Its Sleeves
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
PCCD, Superior Court of Alameda County Partner for New Certificate Programs
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
'Fragile Community' Residents in U.S. Value Higher Ed
Valerie Calderon and Steve Crabtree, Gallup
Changes to the State's College Grant Program Has 'Broad Reach' for Cowlitz County
Mallory Gruben, Longview Daily News (Washington State)
‘Fulfilling the Promise’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Ivy Tech Selected for National Single Mothers Design Challenge
The La Porte County Herald-Argus (Indiana)
Facebook Twitter