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.
October 11, 2018
Aging Maine Repays College Debts to Attract Younger Workers
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

The state of Maine is famous for lobsters and lighthouses. It's also the nation's oldest state. With a median age of 43, roughly a third of Maine's population is in or approaching retirement. To counter its aging workforce, the state is attempting to attract more recent college graduates by helping to repay their student loans. 

What's the Blueprint for a 21st-Century College Campus?
James Paterson, Education Dive
SHARE: Facebook Twitter
With enrollments declining and technology advancing, colleges are breaking ground on high- and low-tech spaces that give students and faculty new ways to engage.

From soaring, high-tech innovation labs that attract new students to small-scale huddle spaces and digital campsites that foster the soft skills employers increasingly want, institutions large and small are building anew or repurposing existing infrastructure to meet the learning needs of today's college students. And flexibility is key.
Removing Barriers to Higher Ed
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
SHARE: Facebook Twitter
A college education typically is out of reach for people who are in prison, and even formerly incarcerated students often face questions about their past in the admissions process.

Senator Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, wants to remove those restrictions for students who have been involved with the criminal justice system. He is spearheading bills that would restore Pell Grants for incarcerated students and encourage colleges to drop admissions questions about applicants’ criminal histories.
Walmart Aims Nearly $4 Million in Grants at Adult Education
Kevin Smith, The Orange County Register
SHARE:  Facebook Twitter

Going back to school can be tough when you’re a working adult. Many would like to boost their skills to better compete in today’s job market. But they’re often saddled with financial barriers, conflicting work schedules, family needs, and other obligations that make the prospect of taking classes virtually impossible.

Walmart is looking to change that. The retailer and its nonprofit foundation will put nearly $4 million in grants toward three organizations that are working to provide innovative pathways to learning and training for working adult learners in California.

This College Opened a One-of-a-Kind AI Lab
Angela Pascopella, eCampus News
Report: Community Colleges Can Improve Completion Rates With More Student Guidance
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Adminstrators
How Amazon Could Change Higher Education in Newark
Catherine Carrera, North Jersey Record
Facebook Twitter