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 11, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Mentorships Help Unemployed and Underemployed Adults Navigate Job Market
Victoria Lim, WorkingNation
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More than 13 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. For them, finding work—or making the leap from a low-income job to a better-paying job that could ultimately lead to a career—can be difficult.

In three of the nation’s largest cities, the nonprofit StreetWise Partners is using mentorships to help overcome employment hurdles.

Jamie Merisotis
Choosing College: Can Students Be Better Consumers?
American Enterprise Institute
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Higher education decisions are more complicated than ever. Students can choose between traditional four-year programs, online courses, apprenticeships, boot camps, and more. With so many options, students are often uncertain about where to go, when to go, and if their choice will pay off. 

In an event set for this Thursday, Jason Delisle of the American Enterprise Institute will have a conversation with the Clayton Christensen Institute’s Michael B. Horn, the College Board’s Jessica Howell, and the National College Access Network’s Carrie Warick on why college choice matters for students, families, and policymakers.

Jamie Merisotis
The Partisan Split Over Higher Ed? Maybe It’s Really About Who Should Pay for It
Lauren Fisher, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In a nation that seems to split more and more along party lines, it's no surprise to learn that the way Americans think about higher education is swayed by partisan affiliation. And in recent years, research has typically supported that hypothesis, painting a portrait of growing distrust of higher education.

But according to a report from New America, opinions on higher education may not be as polarized and partisan as they’re often made out to be. The main division is over who should foot the bill.

Jamie Merisotis
The Bribery Scandal Revealed Holes in Admissions Oversight. Now Some Professors Want to Take Back That Role.
Wesley Jenkins, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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The Varsity Blues college-admissions scandal brought to light glaring loopholes in colleges’ oversight of how students are accepted and enrolled. Now, at two of the universities involved, faculty members are exploring whether they should take on a greater role.

NWTC Prepares Students for 'Industry 4.0'
Brittany Schmidt, WBAY (Wisconsin)
Latino Students Underrepresented at Most Public Colleges
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Study: 'Nudging' Helps STEM Students at Two-Year Colleges
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
All Aboard the #CollegeExpress
Kellie Crowe, AACC 21st Century Center
NSB Focuses on a Skilled Technician Workforce
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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