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 26, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Six Takeaways for Colleges That Want to Help Low-Income Students Get Career-Ready
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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With the rise of the gig economy, the erosion of job security and employer-provided training, and the threats to jobs from a coming wave of automation, the role of education in helping people prepare for their working lives—perhaps over and over again—couldn’t be more pressing.

A recent gathering of 75 college leaders from the Yes We Must Coalition offers insight on developing employer partnerships—as well as key strategies that work for students from low-income backgrounds.

Jamie Merisotis
Lifting the Curtain on Income-Share Agreements
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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For a certain corner of higher education, income-share agreements have emerged as an exciting innovation to finance a college degree.

Income-share agreements also are drawing attention from lawmakers, although relatively few students so far have signed up for the loan alternative. Two organizations with markedly different approaches are looking to change that.

Jamie Merisotis
Down on the Border, Student Success Is No Borderline Issue
Focus Magazine
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The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is the fastest-growing region of a booming state—and that presents challenges. Among the biggest: preparing residents for skilled jobs that are cropping up too fast to be filled.

This education challenge is particularly acute in south Texas, where the distances are vast, the heritage rural, and the people quite poor; nearly 90 percent of valley residents are considered economically disadvantaged. But an area network called RGV FOCUS is attacking the problem in force.

Jamie Merisotis
There Are 700K+ Credentials—and Counting. Which Ones Are ‘Quality’?
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge
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In 2016, Credential Engine set out to tally all the badges, degrees, certificates, licenses, and diplomas available to denote educational attainment.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is still counting.

So far, the group has found 738,428 unique credentials in the United States, according to a new report. Almost half are offered by non-academic organizations. Credential Engine hopes its database will eventually help people discern which credentials offer the most value for personal learning and employment opportunities.

Utah Companies Are Funding STEM Education
Leia Larsen, Utah Business
Blog: The Impact of At-Scale and Mega-U Degrees
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
Undocumented Students Reflect on the Role of Faith in Their Activism
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
AI Calls for Big Changes in Workforce Training
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
White Paper on Interoperable Learning Records
American Workforce Policy Advisory Board
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