Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 6, 2018
How the Myth of ‘13th Grade’ Derails Students
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As CEO of Robin Hood, one of the nation's largest anti-poverty organizations, and founder of BridgeEdU, a technology-and-coaching company for the transition from high school to college, Wes Moore aims to keep the forces of fate from derailing the education of first-generation college students or dooming needy families to hunger and homelessness. 

In this interview, Moore speaks about the value of nonacademic support, the need for education in prisons, and the power of momentum in helping students succeed.

This Nashville Tech Firm Says It Has a Solution for Country's Skills Gap
Joel Stinnett, Nashville Business Journal
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As growing cities across the country struggle to find qualified workers for their changing economies, one Nashville company has developed a solution it thinks can build pipelines of talent.

YouScience provides online assessments for more than 200,000 students in 700 schools across the country, including in Nashville. Those assessments are designed to help users choose the career path best suited for them. To do so, YouScience measures a person's aptitude and determines a list of career matches.

It's a tool the company believes can help identify more potential technology workers, particularly among populations that haven't always been exposed to the industry and its opportunities.

Momentum for Prison Education
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Two-thirds of job postings will require some level of college education by 2020. And educators and policy makers increasingly agree that offering certificates and degrees to prisoners may be one of the best first steps to helping them re-establish their lives and be less likely to reoffend in the future.

In recent years, a growing number of universities and community colleges have been seeking awareness of their prison education programs and calling for more funding to help inmates earn degrees. Those efforts appear to be working as bipartisan support emerges in Washington for such programs. 

Despite Decades of Pledging to Hire More Black Faculty, Most Universities Didn't
Alex Baumhardt and Chris Julin, APM Reports
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Faculty of color are underrepresented on most college campuses, especially black faculty. According to federal data, fewer than 7 percent of tenure-track professors at college campuses nationwide are black. It can be isolating for those professors who end up working at predominantly white institutions. They become one of just a handful of non-white people in authority on campus.

Despite promises by university presidents across the country to increase hiring of diverse faculty, the needle has barely moved. In fact, the number of black faculty on college campuses didn't rise between 2006 and 2016, it fell slightly, by about a half percent.

Does the U.S. Still Have a 'Middle Class'?
Caitlin Zaloom, The Atlantic
Keeping Up With Industry
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
An Online Mentoring Model That Works
Mary Jane Pearson and E. Gail Kirby, Faculty Focus
What to Expect When You're Expecting Tech Transformation
Lindsay McKenzie and Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Governing HBCUs for the Future
Felecia Commodore and LaToya Owens, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A Second Chance at a Diploma
Anna Schuessler, The Daily Journal
Activist Generation Searches for Colleges
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Effects of Political Rhetoric on College-Bound Students
National Association for College Admission Counseling
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