Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 13, 2018
Men Benefit Most From Nondegree Credentials
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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A new analysis of federal data on nondegree credentials offers insight into the gender gaps in the labor-market returns for certificates, industry certifications, and occupational licenses. 

According to the report from New America, men with nondegree credentials are more likely to be employed and earn substantially more than women who hold the same type of credential. Men also are much more likely to earn the credentials that pay best and to have their employer foot the bill for the training and education.
The Swiss Secret to Jump-Starting Your Career
Dwyer Gunn, The Atlantic
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Ben Roueche, 17, belongs to the inaugural class of apprentices in a Colorado program, started last summer, called CareerWise. The effort represents Colorado's attempt to create an unusual, statewide youth-apprenticeship system that prepares students for the industries of the future by mirroring a successful model in Europe.

New Jersey's Missing Apprentices: State Urged to Do More to Increase Their Number
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight
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New Jersey, like many parts of the nation, faces significant challenges in bridging the gap between job seekers and employers.

A leading social-justice organization is calling on the state to create more apprenticeship opportunities for students and adults, arguing such programs could address wide income disparities faced by women and minorities while also boosting the overall economy.

University of California Campus Reaches Far Afield for Transfer Students to Meet State Mandate
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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An all-hands-on-deck approach that includes new academic, financial, and social resources has helped the University of California, Riverside dramatically increase its portion of students transferring from community colleges. 

The results may encourage other four-year colleges and universities to take similar measures to increase their transfer ranks.
Opinion: The 44 Percent
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Freezing ‘Summer Melt’ in Its Tracks: Increasing College Enrollment With AI
Hunter Gehlbach and Lindsay C. Page, Brookings Institution
The Rise of the Makerspace
AACC 21st Century Center
Opinion: The Challenge for Community Colleges
Greg Hamann, Corvallis Gazette Times (California)
‘Education Governors’ Once Roamed Statehouses. Are They Making a Comeback?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Why Is College in America So Expensive?
Amanda Ripley, The Atlantic
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