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 21, 2020
It Pays to Be an Apprentice: 63% More
Adedayo Akala, NPR
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Participants in an apprenticeship program that matches employers with community colleges were able to earn substantially more after one year than their peers at community colleges, a new study finds.

The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education targets the widespread need for "middle-skill workers" who are capable of operating advanced manufacturing technology. Students in the program combine two days a week of community college study with three days a week of hands-on training on the factory floor while receiving part-time wages.

Higher Education’s Big Shake-Up Is Underway
Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes
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College closures, academic program terminations, and institutional mergers are nothing new on the higher education landscape. But this year, during what looks like just the initial phases of the coronavirus pandemic, large-scale administrative restructuring in higher education is accelerating at a pace seldom, if ever, seen before.

In other words, higher ed’s big shake-up is here.

For-Profit College Execs Should Be Personally Liable for Their Crimes
Dan Zibel, Washington Monthly
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Less than two weeks after regulators began the process of shutting it down, Corinthian Colleges Inc.’s leaders reportedly took nearly $1 million in bonuses. By January 2017, the U.S. Department of Education had approved more than $558 million in discharges for borrowers who attended the for-profit chain, with more discharges looming.

The lesson is clear: Until for-profit college executives fear more than a mild rebuke for fleecing students and taxpayers, their actions will not change.

The Souls of Black Professors
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
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As colleges and universities issued statements this year affirming that Black lives matter, many Black faculty members remained unimpressed with mere words of support—at once dubious and hopeful that this moment might lead to real, lasting change for themselves and their Black colleagues.

Scholars discuss what it’s like to be a Black professor in 2020, who should be doing antiracist work on campus, and why diversity interventions that attempt to “fix” Black academics for a rigged game miss the point entirely.

Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines
Gerry Dick, Inside INdiana Business
Blog: Will (Name of University) Take These Credits?
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
NAACP Tackles Black Student Debt Crisis
Arrman Kyaw, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A Multiple Measures Approach to Workforce Equity
Livia Lam, Center for American Progress
Double-Check Those Shocking Statistics on State Funding for Higher Education
Jason Delisle and Andrew Gillen, RealClearEducation
Kentucky FAME: Fulfilling the Promise of Apprenticeship
Opportunity America and Brookings Institution
Virtual Forum: Campus Well-Being Post-Pandemic
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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