Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 30, 2018
Jobs the Focus as Governor Launches High School STEM Program
NJ Spotlight
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It’s being called "STEM on steroids." New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has teamed up with IBM on a new STEM education program for high schoolers.

Called P-Tech, the effort will enable students who are passionate about science and math to get an associate degree at no cost in science, an industry mentor, and internship experience, all while still in high school.

New Jersey will join eight other states in the program, including neighboring Connecticut and New York. 

San Antonio Educators Put College Counseling on Wheels
Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News
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Rick Santini drives a 43-foot, generator-operated trailer through San Antonio neighborhoods, to schools, flea markets, all the way to the Poteet Strawberry Festival.

The word “DREAMS” is splashed across the trailer’s side in big, white letters, followed by, “Find your endless possibilities.”

The apparatus, called the Mobile GO Center, plays a central role in helping kids and families apply to colleges, seek financial aid, and research degree plans and career paths. 

Businesses Say Students Aren’t Mastering Basic Workplace Skills. Are They Right?
Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report
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As the labor market tightens, businesses are on the hunt, looking to fill jobs with young people coming out of schools and colleges. While there’s been a lot of talk about the demand for technical capabilities among this burgeoning pool of labor, employers complain that students lack fundamental skills: things like being able to collaborate, communicate, think critically and interact effectively with coworkers.

In response, some states have added requirements that schools teach these skills, sometimes referred to as "soft skills" or "employability skills." Others, like Rhode Island, are getting help from local industries to provide rigorous real-life workplace learning experiences. 

The Growing Loan Burden for Parents of College Students
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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A loan program offered to parents financing their children's college education has been the target of repeated calls for tighter restrictions on eligibility. Now a new report on Parent PLUS loans adds more fuel to arguments for restricting the program.

The report by the Brookings Institution finds that the average loan amount taken out by parent borrowers has more than tripled in the last quarter century. And parents with six figures in loan debt make up a growing share of borrowers entering repayment.

On College Campuses, Planning for a Post-Millennial Future
Noble Ingram, The Christian Science Monitor
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Demographic shifts in the United States mean that students live and learn differently than they did 50 years ago. One college offers a model for keeping up with the changing needs of a new generation.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has earned national recognition for its commitment to racial diversity and the high number of masters and doctoral graduates of color here. The school produces more Black graduates with a combined MD-PhD than anywhere else in the country.

NSSE Survey Reveals Key Insights on Students’ Career Preparation
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Program Looks to Improve College Student Completion Rates in Florida
Monica Levitan, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Forum Dissects Millennials’ Disconnection From School and Work
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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