Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 8, 2018
Women Are the Solution to the Construction Industry’s Labor Shortage
Amanda Abrams, Curbed
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As an assistant superintendent for a large Maryland-based general contractor, Megan Ross is on construction sites every day where she coordinates subcontractors and monitors the progress of jobs.

Ross is part of an overlooked group that with some assistance could easily solve the construction industry’s labor shortage: women. Currently, women make up less than 3 percent of the construction workforce, which includes the building trades—hands-on jobs like carpentry, bricklaying, and electrical work—as well as management.

Cash Cows No Longer
Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed
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A steep drop in the number of new University of Minnesota students from outside the state and its environs has prompted the university to consider cutting back on an aggressive planned tuition increase for 2019. Minnesota’s travails may also prompt state systems to consider whether improving state economies, and more intense competition for a shrinking pool of 18-year-olds, might be taking a bite out of their ability to rely on tuition premiums from out-of-state students.

A Lesson From Montanans’ Vote to Tax Themselves to Fund Higher Education
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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There's a unique tradition in Montana. Once every decade since 1948, voters have taken to the polls to give the state's colleges a report card, and decide whether or not they want to tax themselves to support the institutions. The measure again passed this year, with 62 percent of the vote. 

Montana's referendum is seen as a bellwether for whether distrust of higher education would translate directly into decreased funding, and its passage was taken as a positive sign for colleges. But the question of why it passed is an interesting one. And it's one that institutions may do well to pay attention to as state funding for higher education continues to dry up. 

The Midterm Elections and Education Policy
Nat Malkus, American Enterprise Institute
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On Tuesday, millions of voters went to the polls and gave both parties mixed victories. In this AEI Education Podcast, Frederick Hess, Jason Delisle, and Lanae Erickson offer their take on what the 2018 midterm election results mean for education policy, what we can learn from this election on education, and what issues that will likely be addressed in coming months.

The Rise of Early-Career Enhancers in Education
Lauren Dibble, Michael B. Horn, and Rob Urstein, EdSurge
Commentary: For Colleges, an Election to Celebrate and Fear
Kevin Carey, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion: Employers Can Influence Attitudes About Higher Ed
Stacy Leeds, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Gubernatorial Winners and Higher Education
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Scott Walker Is Out. Can a New Governor Save Higher Ed in the Badger State?
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Emerging From the Dark
Douglas Guth, Community College Daily
Heavy on Data
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Colleges and Universities Prepare for National STEM Day
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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