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 24, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How Can Employers Help Students Prepare for Their Careers? Six Answers From a Top Corporate Leader
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Wes Bush, the chairman of Northrop Grumman, answers key questions about the role employers should—and shouldn’t—play in helping students prepare for careers. What are the key skills graduates need? Why should colleges work with employers? Where are the boundaries between what employers want and what colleges do?  

Jamie Merisotis
Report: Income, Race Disparities Persist in Higher Education Opportunities
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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While the United States has made progress in increasing postsecondary attainment, inequalities in higher education opportunity continue to persist.

A new report from The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy offers insight into this reality with an analysis of six equity indicators.

Jamie Merisotis
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There’s More to College Than Getting Into College
David Coleman, The Atlantic
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The crazed pursuit of college admissions helps no one thrive. And while the Varsity Blues admissions scandal shines a light on families that break the rules, it’s time to consider the unhappiness of families that play by them. 

While competition for seats may be inevitable, students scramble to do ever more to get into college—and give away more of their childhood to do so. This competition might seem a problem only for middle class and wealthy families. But students of modest means suffer most when applying to college becomes an endless list of tasks requiring time and other resources.

Jamie Merisotis
Pivoting to Adults for Workforce Needs
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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To help connect available jobs with older adult learners—knowing they typically juggle family life and other responsibilities and often live paycheck to paycheck—Virginia's community college system has developed an affordable, short-term training program called FastForward. In nearly three years, the state's community colleges have awarded more than 13,300 high-demand credentials through the program. 

How Vocational Education Needs to Change
Akhil Shahani, Entrepreneur
Blog: Making Sense of Metrics
John Warner, Just Visiting
Centering Student Outcomes, a Simple Yet Radical Mission
Jesse O'Connell, Higher Learning Advocates
Wanted: A Comprehensive Data System for Education
Valerie Lundy-Wagner, Capitol Weekly
Finalists Named for Best Hispanic-Serving Colleges
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Quality Assurance and Improvement in Higher Education: The Role of the States
State Higher Education Executive Officers Association and National Association of System Heads
Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States—2019 Historical Trend Report
The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy
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