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 21, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Collaboration Beats Competition: HBCUs Work Together for Student Success
Haley Glover, Toya Barnes-Teamer, and Cristen Moore, Medium
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With rising costs and tightening resources amid debate over the value of a college degree, competition across higher education is fierce. But what happens when a few colleges and universities decide to collaborate instead?

The answer: improved student success.

Three historically black colleges and universities—Dillard University in New Orleans, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Morgan State University in Baltimore—have seized the opportunity to partner on behalf of students.

Jamie Merisotis
EdX's Co-CEO Answers Three Questions About Higher Ed's Future
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Launched in 2012 by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX has used its online platform to give learners more options for earning a credential and its partner colleges a new way to generate demand and vet students.

President and Co-CEO Adam Medros addresses the current and future state of postsecondary education in this interview.

Jamie Merisotis
This Two-Year Academy Embraces Experimentation. Higher Ed Could Learn Something From It.
Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Michelle Jones spent years as a professor at institutions like Concordia University at Portland, Providence College, and the University of Puget Sound. She grew disenchanted, however, believing that colleges emphasized bureaucracy and reputation over student growth and learning.

She dreamed up an institution where students would discover their passions, learn how those interests connect with various systems in the world, cultivate the “soft skills” necessary to succeed, and ponder what makes a good life.

Today, those topics—along with internships and learning experiences at various local businesses and nonprofits—make up the core curriculum of the two-year college known as Wayfinding Academy. 

Jamie Merisotis
College Scorecard Adds Program-Level Debt, Earnings Data
Community College Daily
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This week, the U.S. Education Department launched a revamped College Scorecard that includes data on potential debt and earnings based on fields of study—including for two-year and certificate programs—graduation rates, and even apprenticeships.

Students and families now have access to information on the median earnings and median debt of a school’s graduates, based on their chosen field of study. That means a student interested in studying engineering can now compare outcomes, such as first-year earnings and student loan debt, among engineering programs within an institution and among those offered at other schools.

Boosting Retention at FedEx
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
What Jobs Are Affected by AI? Better-Paid, Better-Educated Workers Face the Most Exposure
Mark Muro, Jacob Whiton, and Robert Maxim, Brookings Institution
C-Suite Solutions: Focus on the Worker
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
MATC Trying to Tap Into Growing Latino Population in Milwaukee
Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Blog: Staying Viable as a Key Source of Opportunity
Peter Smith, Rethinking Higher Education
Benefits and Costs of MOOC-Based Alternative Credentials
Teachers College of Columbia University
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