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September 23, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Moving From Incarceration Into the Workforce
Victoria Lim, WorkingNation
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Don’t let the worst thing in your life define you. That’s not who you are.

Aly Tamboura offers this advice to inmates each time he returns to the prison he called home for 12 years. Tamboura is lucky. He enrolled in the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison and got his college degree. He’s now a leader in the movement to train and educate people while they’re still in prison, helping them become job-ready after they've served their time.

Jamie Merisotis
How Choosing a College Is Like Buying a Milkshake
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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What if colleges applied the same kind of market research techniques that fast-food giants like McDonald’s use to improve their offerings? What might they learn about what students really want that could help university officials improve the experience? And could it help students themselves better understand what they want out of higher ed?

Those are the questions guiding a new book by Michael Horn, chief strategy officer for Entangled Solutions. In this podcast, Horn discusses how the “jobs to be done” framework—which typically is used to develop consumer products—can be applied to selecting a college.

Jamie Merisotis
States Can Foster Economic Opportunity by Promoting High-Value Credentials
Kathleen Mathers and Quentin Suffren, EducationNext
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The choices states make about which industry-recognized credentials “count” will either encourage learners down a meaningful career path or unwittingly steer them toward low-wage, low-skill jobs.

Just as technology has shifted the economy, we must upgrade from providing learners with a folded map that overwhelms them with options to GPS guidance that pinpoints the most productive routes to prosperity.

Jamie Merisotis
Putting Community First
Ellen Davis, Community College Daily
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Why would a group of 10 people from Temple College brave near 100-degree heat to tour a village for homeless people in Austin, Texas? The answer is to get ideas on how the college can possibly help its homeless students.

It’s all part of a larger initiative the institution has started called the Circle of Support. The purpose is to address barriers that keep students from achieving their educational goals—barriers such as transportation, childcare, food insecurity, emergency expenses, mental health, and homelessness.

The Future of Work: A Tale of Multiple Americas
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, The Wall Street Journal
Scalia Questioned About Apprenticeships
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Essay: Internships as a High-Impact Practice?
Matthew T. Hora, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Michigan's Higher Education Policies Fail Families and the Economy
Peter Granville and Jen Mishory, Crain's Detroit Business
Tapping Coaches to Help Re-Enroll Students
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Why Undergraduate Research Matters in College
Josh Moody, U.S. News & World Report
Blog: The Promise of Career and Technical Education
Dr. Eric Brunner, Dr. Shaun Dougherty, and Dr. Stephen Ross, Brown Center Chalkboard
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