Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 29, 2018
Maine Will Help You Pay Off Your Student Loans If You Move There
Christina Maxouris and Saeed Ahmed, CNN
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Maine draws about 36 million tourists each year with four seasons' worth of enticements. But the state can't seem to get enough young people to move there.

Officials there have come up with the ultimate incentive: Move to Maine, and they'll help you pay off your student loans.

Academics Propose a ‘Blockchain University,’ Where Faculty (and Algorithms) Rule
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Experiments with blockchain in higher education are underway at multiple campuses around the country, and many researchers are looking into how to use the technology to verify and deliver credentials. Massachusetts Institute for Technology, for example, began issuing diplomas via blockchain last year.

Now, a new plan by Oxford researchers goes beyond digital diplomas-and beyond many typical proposals to disrupt education in general. It argues for a completely new framework for how college is organized, how professors are paid, and how students connect with learning. 
Some 43 Percent of College Grads Are Underemployed in First Job
Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
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Students weighing their college options are increasingly focused on the return from that hefty investment, pursuing disciplines they think could lead to a steady and lucrative career.

But in terms of landing graduates jobs that actually require college degrees, some of those more vocationally geared majors—like fitness studies, criminal justice, and business—can be worse choices than English or gender studies, according to a new report by labor analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies.
How Automakers Are Helping Older Workers Return to the Job
Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
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Two years ago General Motors hired engineer Annette Diver even though she'd taken a 15-year hiatus to raise her sons. 

To help Diver and others like her who have been out of the workforce for two or more years return and learn the job advancements, GM has created a 12-week paid program called Take 2. It supports GM's growing need for engineers and helps in GM's efforts to diversify its culture. Through Take 2, GM has hired dozens more women and minorities, while closing the skills gap that some older workers face when they re-enter the workforce. 

The Black Struggle for Technology Jobs
Kamau Bobb, The Atlantic
What Will Follow TAACCCT?
Jim Hermes, Community College Daily
Of Wages and Warehouses
Cardiff Garcia, NPR
Opinion: Skills Gap Is Widened by Lack of Awareness, Want-To
Mark Perna, Crain's Cleveland Business
Red-Hot Economy? Women Aren’t Convinced
Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley, The New York Times
Ex-Offenders Get Pointers on How to Land a Job
Rosana Hughes, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Tiger Woods Champions STEM Education
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
Remedial Math Goes to High School
Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research
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