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.
November 7, 2018
Bridging the Employer-Educator Divide
Joseph Fuller, American Enterprise Institute
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America’s skills ecosystem is broken. Employers are confounded by workforce development institutions. Middle skills employees can’t get the training they need. Educators aren’t held accountable for outcomes. Now, innovative providers are aligning stakeholders around a common cause: creating a pipeline of workers with 21st century skills.

In this podcast, Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster, one of the oldest non-traditional educators in the United States, discusses how the new skills ecosystem must be radically redesigned.

Reconnecting With College
AACC 21st Century Center
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For many adult learners who have taken a break from their college education to pursue work or family commitments, going back to school can often seem overwhelming and impossible. A new program in Minnesota aims to change that by removing perceived barriers to entry and supporting students throughout the course of their degree completion. 

Four colleges will participate in the first phase of MN Reconnect: Inver Hills Community College, Lake Superior College, Riverland Community College, and South Central College.

A Guide to the Emerging Educational Revolution for Adult Learners
Kristin Falzon, WorkingNation
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is propelling the need for alternative educational pathways for adult learners. Dr. Peter Smith's latest book provides a road map for millions of American adults who want to harness their prior learning and understand the newest tools available to help them gain the skills needed to stay future proof.

The Blackfeet Brain Drain
Sterling Holywhitemountain, The Atlantic
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The relationship between education and economy is more complicated in Indian country than elsewhere in the United States. While access to higher education is a means to a better life as much for American Indians as for anyone else, connotations specific to reservation people exist that trouble the situation.

Going to school means leaving a cultural context—which includes many relatives, sometimes too many—that doesn’t occur anywhere else in the country.

Six Lessons for Getting Work Training and Employment Right
Mona Mourshed and Ali Jaffer, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Blog: 10 Reactions to EDUCAUSE's 2019 Top 10 IT Issues
Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Line Worker Brothers Climb Their Way to the Top
Laura French, Community College Daily
Mission to Mentor
Caralee Adams, Bethesda Magazine
Women's Work
Jon Shadel, Oregon Business
Commentary: What Do Southwest Florida’s Workforce Gaps Tell Us?
Debbie Psihountas, Aysegul Timur, and Christopher Westley, Naples Daily News
What the Midterm Elections Mean for Higher Ed
Dan Bauman, Lindsay Ellis, Steven Johnson, Eric Kelderman, Emma Pettit, and Brock Read, The Chronicle of Higher Education
What a Divided Congress Means for Higher Education
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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