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 25, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Why Franchises Are Funding Their Employees' Education
Jon Marcus, Entrepreneur
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

An increasing number of franchises have started to offer education benefits for full- and part-time employees, ranging from college tuition assistance to English language instruction and high school equivalency programs. 

And it’s happening because these businesses discovered something seemingly counterintuitive: Spending money on their employees’ education—and therefore providing access to opportunities far larger than their current jobs—isn’t just good for employees. It’s also good for business. 

Jamie Merisotis
Documentary Provides Rare Look at Higher Education in Prison
Mneesha Gellman, The Conversation
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

What is the purpose of prison? Should it include a college education?

Those two questions are at the heart of “College Behind Bars,” a new documentary that premieres nationwide tonight and tomorrow on PBS. The four-part film offers a rare, up-close look at higher education in prison and its ability to change lives.

The Bard Prison Initiative, a college-in-prison program in New York State, is the focal point of the documentary.

Jamie Merisotis
Will Online Learning Help Four-Year Colleges Weather the Next Recession?
Liz Farmer, Education Dive
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

With enrollment sliding and statewide population trends promising to compound those troubles, the University of Maine System knew it needed a way to get more students through the door. 

From 2007 to 2017 alone, enrollment in its universities fell 15 percent. But it has since found a way to reverse that trend: recruiting nontraditional students, particularly those who want to attend college online. To do so, Maine is retooling its approach to adult learners. 

Jamie Merisotis
Booker Proposes Bill to Support Student Parents at Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

Dr. Daria J. Willis, president of Everett Community College, was an undergraduate at Florida A&M University when her daughter was born. During nights and weekends, when Willis took classes, childcare facilities in the area weren’t open so she had to send her daughter to live in Georgia with her mother for a semester. At one point, Willis worked three jobs to pay for tuition, food, and the needs of her toddler. Her Pell grant only helped so much.

New legislation—introduced last week—could improve student life for struggling parents.  

The Mobility Trap
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
New Two-Year Degree Promises Gen-Ed Basics and Fast-Track Career Skills
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
I Want That Job: Power Line Technician
Rheagan Rizio, WorkingNation
Diving in Student Research Experiences
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
Montana Officials Aim to Make Education More Accessible, Affordable
Shaylee Ragar, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Here’s How Democratic Presidential Candidates Plan to Help HBCUs
Ernie Suggs and Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Opinion: Getting Nebraska Back to Work
Pete Ricketts, Scottsbluff Star Herald
Facebook Twitter