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 23, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
How This Community College Is Preparing Students for Careers in Aviation
Cat Wise, PBS NewsHour
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A critical issue is facing the airline industry: an unprecedented pilot shortage.

Pilots are retiring in droves, as it turns out, and not enough new pilots are being trained. According to Boeing, the global aviation industry will need 800,000 new pilots over the next 20 years.

In Bend, Oregon, a community college is preparing students to resolve this critical need—and cultivate their own career success.

Jamie Merisotis
What's Gained—and Lost—When Small Colleges Merge
Carrie Jung, WBUR
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Hampshire College has been struggling financially for years. But officials like Luis Hernandez, chair of the school's board of trustees, said things hit "crisis mode" in May 2018 when 77 fewer students enrolled than expected.

One way for colleges in financial trouble to stay open is to combine resources and merge with another school. But these partnerships are complicated and often come with strings attached.  

Jamie Merisotis
Hope in Coal Country: Parents Without Diplomas Keep Their Kids in School
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report
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Rita Sandlin knew what she wanted for her children. It was something that she didn’t get for herself: an education beyond high school. 

In a Kentucky county where coal once reigned, a principal tries to chart a better future for students—one that includes raising academic expectations and putting them on the path to college. 

Jamie Merisotis
Choosing College With Michael Horn
Nat Malkus, American Enterprise Institute
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Do college rankings actually give students valuable information? How do students approach the process of choosing a college? How should they go about it?

In this podcast, Michael Horn of the Clayton Christensen Institute offers insight on how students can be better consumers in the college process and what role parents, guidance counselors, colleges, and policymakers can play in facilitating students’ college decision-making journey.

Using Text Messaging to Ensure College Success? You Bet!
Louis Medina, The Bakersfield Californian
Opinion: H.B.C.U.s’ Sink-or-Swim Moment
Delece Smith-Barrow, The New York Times
Here's a Look at Some Education Changes That Could Be Coming in 2020
Jeanie Lindsay, Northeast Indiana Public Radio (Indiana)
Report Finds Education Funding Overhaul Effective; Calls for Increased State Investment
Jerry Nowicki, Jacksonville Journal Courier (Illinois)
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