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 12, 2018
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.
Matthew Desmond, The New York Times
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The American economy is strong. U.S. unemployment is down and jobs are going unfilled.

For many people, the question is not, Can I land a job? (The answer is almost certainly, Yes, you can.) Instead the question is, What kinds of jobs are available to people without much education? By and large, the answer is: jobs that do not pay enough to live on.
Many College Courses Are Either Overloaded or Underfilled. That May Be Hurting Retention.
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Crafting an efficient schedule of college course offerings means solving a complex puzzle. And more colleges these days are turning to algorithms to help reduce the number of classes that are either overloaded or full of empty seats.

Survey: Latino College Students’ Career Success Starts on Campus
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Strong, targeted on-campus support systems and inclusive environments at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) lead to more career success and personal satisfaction for Latino graduates, according to a new survey from Excelencia in Education and Gallup.

The research also reinforces the idea that experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, have a noticeable impact on career outcomes of graduates. 

The Evolving Transactional Nature of Credentialing: Alternative Credentials Today
The EvoLLLution
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Credentials provide the means of skills verification for educators and employers alike, but traditional methods of credentialing haven't kept pace with technological advancements or market demand. By shifting toward more granular, skills-based credentialing, higher education can retain its relevancy in a skills-based workplace, says Credly Founder and CEO Jonathan Finkelstein in the first of a two-part interview.
Sooner Proves to Be Better When Searching for Post-Grad Employment
Jamie Rogers, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Don’t Dismiss the Value of Free-College Programs. They Do Help Low-Income Students.
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Michelle Miller-Adams, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Education at a Glance 2018
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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