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.
October 12, 2018
New Two-Year Online College Promises Future-Proofed Job Skills, Offers Free Tuition for First Cohort
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
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A new two-year online college opening in January 2019 promises to instill the "future-proofed" skills and knowledge that students need to excel in jobs that aren't being displaced by automation.

Intended for working adults in the United States, Foundry College will be granting free tuition for the entire two years for its first cohort. After that, the cost will be $1,000 per class or $6,000 per year.

The school also will use the competency model. It's being launched by Stephen Kosslyn, former chair of the Department of Psychology and dean of Social Science at Harvard. Kosslyn also is the founding dean of Minerva Schools.
California Adults Need Help to Finish College
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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Mllions of Californians who began their college education but never finished deserve special support and policy changes to help get them across the finish line later in life, a new report urges.

Adults without college degrees or certificates are at the center of a much-discussed effort in California. State leaders hope that the opening of a new online community college late next year will offer training and extra education for skilled jobs in fast-growing industries. Those credentials are intended mainly to be completed in a year or less.

At This KIPP High School, a New Tactic for Getting Students to College: Bringing College to Them
Francisco Vara-Orta, Chalkbeat
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It’s common for high school students to head to college campuses for classes. It’s much rarer for a college to set up shop on a high school campus.

But Bard College, a New York-based private liberal arts college, is doing just that at a KIPP high school in New Orleans. The effort, which entails enrolling half of KIPP Renaissance’s juniors in a two-year program, enables students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.

It’s a new tactic in the national charter network’s push to get its students to and through college: combining the start of college with high school in a way that makes higher education feel attainable—even unavoidable.

Workforce Group With Ties to Microsoft, LinkedIn Chooses Indiana for Second Location
Lindsey Erdody, Indianapolis Business Journal
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Over the next decade, Indiana will need more than a million skilled workers to fill open jobs and support economic growth. To prepare for the changes ahead, Indiana will become only the second state in the nation to adopt a coordinated philanthropic effort by the Markle Foundation and partners to train residents in the skills needed for future jobs.

Skillful, which began in Colorado, helps workers partner with companies to identify skills they already have and find better pathways to internal or external training programs to fill the gaps.
Commentary: Taking Indiana’s Workforce to the Next Level
Gov. Eric Holcomb, The Statehouse File
Strategies for Improving Community College Completion
Louis Serino, Brown Center Chalkboard
California’s Online Community College Targets ‘Stranded’ Adult Learner
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
STEM Helps Students Launch Into the Future
Ryan Petersen, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
What Me Worry? Most Americans Not Concerned About the Impacts of Technology on Jobs
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 
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