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.
November 2, 2018
Arizona State Will Give Uber Drivers in Eight Cities Free Tuition in Its Online Program
Cailin Crowe, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Arizona State University will join with Uber, the ride-sharing service, to provide fully funded tuition in its online program to drivers in eight cities. 

The partnership is among a growing number of tuition-free alliances between universities and corporations. Google, for example, together with 25 community colleges, is offering an IT-support professional certificate. FedEx offers free tuition at the University of Memphis for the company’s local employees.

Is Open Content Enough? Where OER Advocates Say the Movement Must Go Next
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge On Air
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It's not uncommon to stumble upon headlines about students spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on course materials. In response, open educational materials have emerged as an alternative to expensive textbooks that disproportionately affect low-income students.

In this podcast, Jess Mitchell of Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University and Kent McGuire of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation share their ideas on where the open movement may be headed.
A High School Education and College Degree All in One
Abby Ellin, The New York Times
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Chigozie Okorie likes to say that he’s the “high school student who never left high school.” He’s kidding, sort of: Not only did Okorie graduate from high school, he also collected an associate degree and a full-time job at IBM within four years. And he’s now studying communications at Baruch College and expects to graduate next year.

Okorie’s job as a program associate in education at IBM requires him to spend time at his alma mater, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-Tech, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. P-Tech is a six-year program that gives students from lower-income backgrounds the chance to earn a high school diploma along with a cost-free associate degree in a STEM field.

Students at P-Tech are paired with a professional mentor and are eligible for a paid internship at IBM. On graduation, many go on to four-year colleges; others take full-time jobs at IBM, although they’re not required to.

As Humanities Majors Decline, Colleges Try to Hype Up Their Programs
Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic
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Even as college students on the whole began to shun humanities majors over the past decade in favor of vocational majors in business and health, there was one group of holdouts: undergraduates at elite colleges and universities.

That’s not the case anymore, and as a result, many colleges have become cheerleaders for their own humanities programs, launching promotional campaigns to make them more appealing to students.
How Colleges Are Adapting to Workforce Development Mandates
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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The rise of emerging technologies is transforming America's job market, with some projections estimating that automation could displace as many as 30 percent of workers worldwide by 2030.

More strategic partnerships between local employers and colleges can be critical to improving students' workforce readiness. One way to do so is to expand employers' roles in crafting college programming. 

How Oregon Works: PCC, Madden's Pioneering Apprenticeship Benefits Students, Employers
Sean Meyers, Portland Business Journal
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When Ken Madden heard that 25 percent of Oregon’s manufacturing jobs were going to hires from out of state, he knew he wanted to help local workers compete.

The owner of Madden Industrial Craftsmen Inc., a Pacific Northwest staffing agency focused on manufacturing and construction, and chair of the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board, Madden has long been involved in Oregon workforce development. But it was through his work as a foundation board member with Portland Community College that he developed a new idea for an internship training program that could benefit both workers and manufacturing employers throughout the region. 

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills
Angus Loten, The Wall Street Journal
Essay: Voting Is Good, But Higher Ed Must Do More
Michael S. Roth, Inside Higher Ed
Lake Tahoe Community College Offers Nation’s First Bi-State Promise Program
Tiffany Pennamo, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
How to Make College More Affordable
Sydney Worth, YES! Magazine
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