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Varying Degrees 2020

New America’s Fourth Annual Survey on Higher Education

June 23, 2020
A report from New America says most Americans believe education beyond high school creates more opportunities, is worth the investment, and promotes social mobility.
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The Indispensable Institution

Reimagining Community College

June 18, 2020
Community colleges should accept and champion that they are the nation’s primary provider of job-focused education and training.
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Embedding Certifications into Bachelor’s Degrees Could Improve Transitions into the Labor Market

An interview with Karen Elzey of Workcred

May 25, 2020
There’s a growing interest in embedding industry- recognized certifications into college and university degree programs. Workcred is working on a Lumina- supported project with the goal of improving students’ transition from college to the labor market.
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Transforming Systems to Achieve Better Careers for Californians

Balanced Stakeholder Relationships Lead to Innovative Workforce Development Strategies

May 19, 2020
Millions of working Californians are unable to fulfill their families’ basic needs. Higher-paying jobs that require specialized skills are beyond their reach, and many entry-level jobs are likely to be automated by 2022, so there’s an urgent need to redesign the state’s education and training systems to help people get the skills they need to…
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Breaking Ground

A First Look at American High School Skilled Trades Education

May 14, 2020
The country faces a critical shortage of skilled trades workers, now and for years into the future. But, due to an aging workforce and limited awareness of opportunities in the trades, the supply of workers trained for these jobs is simply not keeping pace. To date, no analysis has offered a comprehensive national view of…
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COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
April 23, 2020
When faced with an economic crisis, Americans historically turn to education as a way to meet the challenge and prepare for the future. But COVID-19 has disrupted scenario, says a survey from Strada Education Network. So far, the number of people who intend to pursue more education or training as a path forward has not…
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Virtual Internship Statistics and Trends 

A 2020 COVID-19 Impact Report

April 21, 2020
A survey of current college students unveils how employers are altering their internship programs in light of the global pandemic. This report from Yello suggests that 35 percent of students who had already accepted a 2020 summer internship learned that it will now be canceled, while 24 percent were informed that their internship is going…
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Navigating Entry-Level Jobs and Internships During COVID-19

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Current College Students as They Navigate the First Phase of Their Careers

April 20, 2020
COVID-19 is making that first step into a professional career significantly more complicated for today’s college students, according to a report by RippleMatch. For 72 percent of students, the stress and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has added to the difficulty of their job search, with 74 percent stating that companies are unresponsive to job…
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Professional Certifications Offer Workers With No College Degree a Pathway to Good Jobs

Americans Need More Paths to Middle-Skills Jobs

April 17, 2020
Amid concerns about the availability of high-quality work for Americans without a postsecondary education, this analysis finds that those with professional certifications are more likely to be in “good jobs” overall. In particular, certifications appear to make a difference in helping such workers feel their job is more than a means of earning money, but…
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Creating Seamless Credit Transfers

A Parallel Higher Ed System to Support America Through and Beyond the Recession

April 8, 2020
As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on institutions and the students they serve, helping learners earn the credentials they need from the providers best suited to serve them will be a critical issue in determining how well and robustly the nation recovers. This working paper from the Christensen Institute calls for a federal stimulus to fund programs…
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