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 25, 2018
Turning Soldiers Into Scholars by Turning Military Experience Into College Credit
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
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Despite years leading troops and managing equipment on the front lines, soldiers returning to school may have to start from the beginning, alongside teenagers who have never held a similar level of responsibility.

A new Colorado law now awards college credit for military experience, and requires that the state's schools accept it. The idea is to give value for skills already developed in the field, while ensuring that military students are enticed to get a degree.

How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet? Karen Cator Has Some Ideas.
Emily Tate, EdSurge On Air
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What if the jobs students aspire to today are no longer an option when it comes time to graduate? How can they train for positions that don’t even exist yet?

In this podcast, Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, offers her take on the rise of automation and artificial intelligence and how both will affect current students' job prospects in the not-too-distant future. 
South Carolina Makes Coding Lessons Available to All Residents
Riia O'Donnell, HR Dive
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Talent shortages in technology have put pressure on employers across the country. In South Carolina, the state is providing pathways to continuing education and employment in technology-related fields through a new program called SC Codes.

The effort provides free access to code education for all residents, from beginners to advanced learners. 
How One Tiny Town Is Battling ‘Rural Brain Drain’
Kaitlin Gillespie, The Hechinger Report
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Nearly all high-school graduates in Onalaska, Washington, go to college—but many come back home after earning a degree.

That's in sharp contrast to many rural counties across America that are shedding young residents, who head off to college or better job opportunities and don't come back. 

Onalaska has bypassed the rural brain drain by creating a sense of connection to the community through its high school and the public space it provides for all residents to use. 

The Future Is Calling (Now)
David C. Paris, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
For the Manufacturing Industry, School Is in Session
Adina Solomon, U.S. News & World Report
Shifting the View From Dropout to Stopout
Cory Rusin, The EvoLLLution
State Moves Toward 60 by 30 Goal
Ruth Campbell, The Odessa American (Texas)
Study: Parental Education Is a Major Factor in Considering Advanced Degree
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Workforce, Education Partnership Selects Birmingham for New Initiative
Stephanie Rebman, Birmingham Business Journal
SAT Scores Are Up, Especially for Asians
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Weaving Equity, Diversity Into the Mission
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Five New Models for State University Success
Deloitte's Center for Higher Education Excellence and Georgia Tech's Center for 21st Century Universities
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