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.
November 5, 2018
Utahns, Like Other Americans, Are Working Multiple Side Gigs to Earn Extra Cash or Make Ends Meet.
Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune
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When she’s finished for the day at her accounting job, Natalie Fleming fills up her car with gas and turns on the Uber and Lyft apps on her phone to signify that she’s ready to take riders.

Her full-time job pays well, the 26-year-old says, but she drives about 20 hours a week, plus hours spent doing the back-end accounting for a business she's starting with a friend, as a way to make extra money and to pay rent and various debts. 

Fleming is part of the nearly 1 in 4 Americans that a 2016 Pew Research Center survey found now earns money from a side hustle, in which workers take on jobs from various companies in addition to—or rather than—working full time for a traditional employer.

Life Is Complicated: Distance Learning Helps
John Hanc, The New York Times
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Three months after a terrorist attack in Afghanistan left Jeremy Haynes a paraplegic, he made the decision to go back to school. A psychologist almost crushed those dreams, however, telling Haynes he lacked the mental acuity necessary. 

Haynes nonetheless forged ahead. Today, he is studying for his doctorate in business administration at Walden University, which specializes in online education.

Quality online educational programs have become an increasingly attractive option for adult students, providing flexible and robust learning opportunities.

University Relocating Students at No Cost for Free Job-Training Program
Riia O'Donnell, Education Dive
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A new program offered by the Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech), Kansas' largest technical college, allows individuals to take advantage of training for the aviation and manufacturing industries free of charge.

The Wichita Promise Move initiative, which began in July, relocates people who live at least 75 miles outside of Wichita and pays for their relocation expenses plus housing and cost-of-living stipends. Additionally, eligible students receive paid schooling for either aviation sheet metal assembly or process mechanic painter schooling, along with a guaranteed job upon completion and potential sign-on bonuses.

As Debates Over College Costs Make Waves in South Carolina, It’s Time to Boost Need-Based Aid Nationwide
Rachel Gentry, Center for American Progress
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South Carolina funds a robust grant program for in-state students. Unfortunately, the vast majority of this aid is distributed on the basis of academic merit rather than financial need. This limits money that goes to low-income students, making college more out of reach for those who could benefit most from a degree.

Across the United States, just 46 percent of state-funded undergraduate aid was based exclusively on need in the 2015-16 school year, meaning that more than half included a component of merit. South Carolina provides a helpful example of what can go wrong when conversations about college affordability fail to prioritize equity.

'Full Employment' Economy Exposes Education System Deficits
Diane Bosak and Roy Vanderford, The EvoLLLution
States' Slow, Steady Embrace of Need-Based Aid
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Access, Completion Outcomes Lag for Underrepresented Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A ‘Safe Place’ to Explore STEM Careers
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
With Student Interest Soaring, Berkeley Creates New Data-Sciences Division
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Viewpoint: More Rigorous High School Coursework Is Key
Susan F. Lusi and Dana Ansel, Boston Business Journal
Buried in Debt
Student Debt Crisis
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