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 17, 2018
Placing ‘Purpose First’ in Higher Education
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Far too often, college students find themselves wandering through their academic experiences, choosing from a dizzying array of majors, courses, and out-of-classroom learning experiences. 

A new report calls on colleges to improve this reality by building career exploration discussions into new student orientation and First-Year Experience (FYE) courses, encouraging mentorship and internship opportunities, and connecting students to career-aligned organizations on campus.

America's Higher Education Crisis
Kevin Townsend, Radio Atlantic
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A college education has become a key asset toward success in the American economy, but for many Americans, access to higher education, especially at a prestigious university, feels increasingly out of reach.

With its capricious admissions and massive debt loads, the system is struggling. This podcast from Radio Atlantic discusses the challenges in American higher education today. 
Making a Liberal Arts Education Relevant Again
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Liberal arts majors are facing a crisis of confidence, with many graduates believing they lack the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the job market. A Rutgers University course is attempting to address those concerns by preparing students to be adaptable in a changing workforce.
Not Enough Students Have Mentors, and We Must Change That
Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report
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Andrea, who earned her college degree in English literature in 2012, is a temp in a law firm and drives people around on weekday mornings and through the weekends. Before that, she worked as a packer in various warehouses in the Midwest. She still hopes to one day be an attorney.

Andrea's circuitous path to becoming a lawyer doesn't come from a lack of drive. She lacked mentors in high school and college. These individuals might have advised her on which jobs to take and recommended her for positions that could have forged a more direct path to law school and eventually, a career as a lawyer.

In response, more institutions are turning to work-based learning programs, internships, and collaborations with employers to help close the mentorship gap.

Can an Innovative Online College Help Adults Stay Employed?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Connecting With the Local Car Industry
Marcy Wynn, Community College Daily
Prices Level Off for Now
Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Make Minnesota Higher Education Valuable, Not Cheap
Peter Hutchinson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Forgotten Faces of Student Loan Default
Colleen Campbell, Center for American Progress
Educator Makes LGBTQ and Immigration a Focus of Her Work
Jamie Rogers, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Amid College Success Push, the U.S. Overlooks Student-Parents
Allison Dulin Salisbury and Michael B. Horn, Forbes
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