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.
September 4, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
'Hard Stuff Done Right': The Apprentice Schools at Huntington Ingalls Industries
Larry Emond, Gallup
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Since 1886, Huntington Ingalls Industries has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. military shipbuilder, including every U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in existence.

Huntington Ingalls has a sizable workforce employing more than 41,000 workers domestically and internationally, and it requires very highly skilled workers. To attract, train, and keep the labor force it needs for "Hard Stuff Done Right," as the company motto runs, the country's largest military shipbuilder had to become a shipbuilding college, as well.

Jamie Merisotis
Maryland’s Free Community College Initiative Gets Off to a Slow Start
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
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Maryland’s foray into tuition-free public higher education is off to a rocky start, with far fewer students than expected taking advantage of the state’s community college scholarship after a harried rollout of the program.

Maryland is one of 19 states that cover tuition at community colleges as part of a growing movement to use higher education to strengthen the local economy. 

The state programs to emerge in recent years have faced their share of growing pains, with complex eligibility criteria, confusing messaging, and application timelines that undermine their reach, advocacy groups say. Maryland’s program is no exception.

Jamie Merisotis
Why College Became So Expensive
Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic
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Anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom's new book, Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost, documents how the price of a college education has forced many middle-class families to rearrange their priorities, finances, and lives.  

In this interview, Zaloom talks about what this system of paying for college is doing to families—as well as what might make higher education less financially fraught.

Jamie Merisotis
This Tech Worker’s Transition From a Life Sentence to a Career Is a Lesson for the Whole Industry
Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company
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At the end of 2017, Emile DeWeaver was 20 years into a life sentence in San Quentin for murdering a man when he was 19. Today, he’s working as a product specialist and communicating with clients in the offices of Pilot, a startup that manages bookkeeping for businesses.

How DeWeaver moved from San Quentin to the midst of the Bay Area tech scene is, almost needless to say, quite the story. But it’s one that, as both the criminal justice system in the U.S. and the tech industry continue to evolve, could become much more common.

10 Facts About American Workers
Drew DeSilver, Pew Research Center
It’s Time for a C-Level Role Dedicated to Reskilling Workers
André Dua, Liz Hilton Segel, and Susan Lund, Harvard Business Review
CIEE Fellowship Program Promotes Study Abroad Equity
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Raising the Bar for Loan Forgiveness
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Postsecondary Trends Threaten Workforce Needs
Southern Regional Education Board
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