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 18, 2018
Credentialing Evolves as Demand Grows for Middle-Skills Jobs
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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The economy that once provided good jobs for young workers with a high school education or less now favors workers with at least some education and training beyond high school. Whereas two out of three entry-level jobs in the industrial economy demanded a high school diploma or less, now two out of three jobs demand at least some education or training beyond high school.

New research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzes three pathways to good jobs: a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree, and the middle-skills pathway, which includes associate degrees, certificates, licenses, and some college coursework.
As More Latinos Go to College, Schools Vie to Become Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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Many colleges and universities are eager for the Hispanic-Serving Institution label. Beyond the potential grant dollars, being identified as “Hispanic-serving” makes them more attractive to minority students as schools vigorously compete for dwindling numbers of undergraduate learners.

But education advocates say the label can be hollow. That's because the Department of Education doesn't look at what services or programs a university offers these students, just their numbers. 

At This College, Academic Excellence Requires Passion for the Social Good
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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A new honors program for undergraduates at Rutgers University in New Jersey is redefining academic excellence. Students accepted into the highly competitive Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) study critical social issues and prove their commitment to becoming "change-makers." While the program is small, its early outcomes show promise. 

Career Path Intervention Via a MOOC
Mark Lieberman, Inside Digital Learning
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Colleges and universities offer no shortage of resources for students looking to make a smooth transition into a healthy career, including résumé help, cover letter templates, and internship opportunities.

But sometimes practical help isn't enough. Many students are confused about what to pursue after graduation, and later dissatisfied with their early jobs. A new open online course at Wesleyan University hopes to change that by serving students contemplating career paths and alumni who want to rethink theirs. 
Study: Bachelor’s Degree Not Sole Path to ‘Good-Paying’ Job
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Credentials and the Lifelong Learning Cycle
Brenda Perea, Credential Engine
Blog: A Higher Ed Report Card
John Kroger, Leadership in Higher Education
Empowering Students
AACC 21st Century Center
Rural, Upstate Lags in Recession Recovery
Brian Nearing, Albany Times Union
State Says Better Job May Be a Matter of Degrees
Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune
Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Trends in Student Aid 2018
The College Board
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