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 30, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Training the Formerly Incarcerated
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Multiple studies show that the most effective weapon against recidivism is meaningful employment. Yet, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, 27 percent of formerly incarcerated individuals are out of work. Could our criminal justice system be doing more to prepare former inmates for life outside of prison walls?

Education and criminal justice reform experts weigh in on the economic power of second chances in this podcast. 

Jamie Merisotis
More Latinx Students Gain Diplomas on Time Thanks to ‘Early College’
Sonya Christian, The Hechinger Report
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Across the United States, colleges are experimenting with new ways to increase the number of students on their campuses while helping them achieve their academic goals within a targeted timeline to ensure success.

With a student population of more than 30,000, serving a large Latinx population, Bakersfield College in Kern County, California, began to re-evaluate how it could help increase high school graduation rates and serve more students at its campus locations. Early college programs provided the answer.

Jamie Merisotis
How Do We Best Prepare Graduates for the Changing Workforce?
Carmen Mendoza, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The way in which colleges deliver instruction and measure student learning looks very different today from a decade ago. Responsive colleges are the ones that will survive continuing changes in the landscape of higher education. 

In this video, Brian O. Hemphill of Radford University offers his thoughts on what colleges must do to better meet the needs of today's learner. 

Jamie Merisotis
A Certificate, Then a Degree
Clark G. Gilbert and Michael B. Horn, EducationNext
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The U.S. education system has made progress in getting more students through the enrollment door. But students are stumbling in frightening numbers on the path to a college degree. One promising strategy to combat the completion crisis is to flip the script and make sure students earn a meaningful, job-ready certificate in the first semester or year of college.

According to some experts, this gives students immediate value in the labor market—and, counterintuitively perhaps, a greater likelihood of eventually earning a degree.

A New Breed of Apprenticeships
Jim Paterson, Community College Daily
Video: We Need to Talk About Race in Higher Education
Shaun Harper, Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education
Excelencia in Education Celebrates Its Quinceañera at ALASS Institute
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Equity for Hispanic Professors
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
Veterans Say Non-Degree Credentials Pay Off
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
Opinion: The Importance of 'WV Ready' Graduates
Chris Beam, Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia)
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