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 27, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Minnesota Program Is All About Plastics—But the Careers Are Rock Solid
Focus Magazine
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For more than 50 years, Hennepin Technical College has helped make Minneapolis-St. Paul a national hub for plastics manufacturing.

The college’s deep expertise, along with its strong partnerships with many local firms, have helped the college secure good jobs and bright futures for tens of thousands of Twin Cities residents—including many of the more than 200,000 immigrants who now live in the region.

Jamie Merisotis
As Diagnoses Rise, More Colleges Add Services for Students With Autism
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report
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Jared Jellicorse made the dean’s list in his first year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an achievement that still makes his mother, Marla, tear up.

There's a reason behind her tears. Jellicorse has autism, which can put up even more obstacles in college than those faced by students who aren’t on the autism spectrum—and which few higher education institutions have historically accommodated, despite a huge jump in the number of people diagnosed with it.

Jamie Merisotis
Colleges Address Student Hunger
Jason Barr, WMRA Public Radio
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It’s around lunchtime at Blue Ridge Community College, and students are buying snacks out of vending machines, microwaving meals brought from home, or purchasing hot meals. But for many students, the idea of grabbing a bite to eat is becoming more difficult. 

Food insecurity hits hardest on community college campuses, but bigger universities, too, are seeing increases in food-insecure students. The end result, however, is the same: Hunger undermines a student's ability to learn.

Jamie Merisotis
What Employers Want From Colleges in Tuition Benefit Partnerships
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Turnover is high on the front lines of retail and foodservice, where low wages and long hours make job-hopping common, even expected. But some companies are betting that the opportunity to earn a college degree will keep employees around. 

Tuition benefits aren't new to corporate America. But how companies think about education benefits is changing. 

Rather than using them to attract more workers, as with health care and retirement plans, more companies are increasingly tying them to their strategic goals. That includes reducing turnover, upskilling workers, and expanding and diversifying their talent pipelines.

New Policy Group Focused on College and Careers
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Reviewing Mental Health on Campus
Kirk Carapezza and Arun Rath, WGBH News
Older IT Workers Left Out Despite Tech Talent Shortage
Angus Loten, The Wall Street Journal
She Wants to Row to Get From N.Y.C. Into College
Juliet Macur, The New York Times
Colleges See Equity Success With Adaptive Learning Systems
Shailaja Neelakantan, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Opinion: What’s the Difference Between Equality, Equity?
Francine Pratt, Springfield Business Journal
Commentary: Helping Diverse Students Thrive Is an Economic Imperative for Maine
Katherine Johnston and Megan Diver, Portland Press Herald
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