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.
May 29, 2019
Four Years of College, $0 in Debt: How Some Countries Make Higher Education Affordable
Lara Takenaga, The New York Times
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Morehouse College’s 2019 graduates don’t have to worry about crushing student debt, since the billionaire investor Robert F. Smith pledged last week to pay it all off. Neither do graduates of colleges in countries that offer affordable tuition and generous stipends.

As young adults wrestle with student debt in the United States, where it has reached $1.5 trillion, many recent graduates in some countries are debt free.
Jamie Merisotis
Eager for Workers, Financial Services Pluck Apprenticeships From Manufacturers’ Tool Kit
Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant
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Alexis Martin, who once worked in nursing homes and in retail, has found a niche in financial services. She's taking advantage of an apprenticeship, something new to the industry though invaluable for decades in manufacturing and the trades.

For the 23-year-old Capital College graduate, her apprenticeship—a combination of classroom lessons and on-the-job training—helped her find work processing auto insurance claims for The Hartford.

Jamie Merisotis
Virtual Reality Comes to the Classroom
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Extended reality isn’t just coming to college. It’s already there. Headsets and glasses, 3-D models, and 360-degree videos are rapidly becoming tools of choice for curious professors. From studying microscopic organisms to exploring outer space, they are taking advantage of technology to experiment with augmented reality in teaching.

City Rolling Out Birmingham Promise Initiative
Ty West, Birmingham Business Journal
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When PNC CEO Bill Demchak visited Birmingham last year to share lessons from Pittsburgh’s workforce development efforts, one of his calls to action was for the Magic City to find ways to better harness the potential of Birmingham City Schools.

The Birmingham Promise aims to do just that. The public-private partnership will offer apprenticeships and scholarships to students at the school system, with the goal of building a pipeline of future talent for in-demand jobs.
Elsener: New School Can Be ‘Smashing Success’
Alex Brown, Inside INdiana Business
The TeCK Fund: Inter-University Collaboration Fuels Faculty Entrepreneurs
Jerzy Sawicki and Paul DiCorleto, eCampus News
Spotlight on Care4U: Setting Up Teens for Success as Adults
Christine Herman, Illinois Public Media
Blog: Strategies for Improving Student Success
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Fighting ‘Toxic, Comparison-Driven Culture’
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
On-the-Job Learning
David Hutter, NJBIZ (New Jersey)
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
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