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.
October 2, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How Libraries Can Meet the Extracurricular Needs of Community-College Students
Kathryn Palmer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The approximately 8.7 million students at community colleges enroll with wide-ranging needs, and a new report says libraries have the potential to help.

At Monroe Community College, in Rochester, New York, for instance, the library is piloting a new, family-friendly study-room program for its 2,676 students who are also parents. The study rooms are not day-care facilities. Parents are responsible for watching their kids, but housing the space in the library creates an opportunity to connect and provide them with information about how to find additional services and support.

Jamie Merisotis
Business, Education Leaders Say Maine Must Address Looming Skills Gap
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Education and business leaders in Maine are joining forces to beef up career and technical education (CTE) and high-quality secondary and postsecondary programs as they prepare to fight a looming skills gap in the state's workforce.

At an event held yesterday, leaders unveiled new research predicting Maine will need an additional 158,000 workers by 2025 to fill expected job openings. 

Jamie Merisotis
Preparing a Traditional University for the 60-Year Curriculum
Josh Herron, The EvoLLLution
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Amazon’s announcement this summer of plans to retrain a third of its workforce highlights the growing relationship between higher education and the needs of industry training. Among a number of other factors, this shift is brought on by an increase in the complexity of skills in the information age and a changing demographic. 

As a result, even universities that have historically focused on serving traditional audiences need to adapt programming and service structures to expand their reach and serve learners across their full lifecycle.

Jamie Merisotis
Conference Looks for Ways to Help College Students Facing Hunger and Poverty
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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Systemic solutions are needed to meet college students’ basic human needs, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, an activist and professor at Temple University. More than ad-hoc food pantries, Goldrick-Rab wants colleges and universities to consider structured food scholarships—as well as using data to design campus programs and then measuring the results to assess what’s actually working.

Goldrick-Rab is an enthusiastic supporter of one such solution: an app called Edquity that quickly dispenses college emergency aid funds to students.

Blog: Higher Education's Gated Communities
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
The Secret’s Out
Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed
Five Reasons to Support Affirmative Action in College Admissions
Connor Maxwell and Sara Garcia, Center for American Progress
Opinion: How Trinity College Is Creating an Inclusive Future
Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Hartford Courant
Wanted: More Female Talent
Caitie Burkes, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Accreditation and Innovation
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Legacy and Athlete Preferences at Harvard
National Bureau of Economic Research
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