Is college no longer necessary?

“Less than a generation ago, going to college was as American as apple pie and a basic rite of passage for youngsters after high school — even for those without high academic grades and SAT scores. Anyone without a degree from an accredited institute of higher learning was deemed part of an inferior pool of workers and condemned to a lifetime of low wages and low-level career prospects.  And then, seemingly in the blink of an eye, the tides turned against the social mandate for a college education. Famous dropouts became a fixture of the corporate elite. Big companies started to drop degree requirements and re-train their staff instead. All the while, college tuition continued to rise well ahead of inflation, leading millions to question the necessity of a college degree in today’s world.”

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How the Value of Educational Credentials Is and Isn’t Changing

The first year after the Great Recession, 2010, marked the historical peak of college and university enrollment in the United States. In the decade since, a popular narrative has emerged that the value of a college degree is rapidly declining. As a new wave of well-capitalized educational technology companies arrived on the scene — including massive open online courses (MOOCs) — it became popular to prognosticate about the disruption of American higher education. Badges earned online would challenge and replace traditional diplomas. Renowned business theorist Clayton Christensen forecasted that half of all colleges may be in bankruptcy within 15 years. Others said the degree was “doomed.”

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Higher education must not leave working families behind

“The promise of education in America is a promise of opportunity. A promise that education — especially higher education — can offer a pathway to the middle class and an opportunity to build a successful life for yourself, your children and your grandchildren. The unfortunate reality, though, is that our higher education system isn’t delivering on that promise of opportunity for far too many families, particularly those who choose to pursue career-focused learning in fields that require less than a four-year degree. A major barrier is the bias against working students in our current federal financial aid system.”

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Just 1 in 3 Americans satisfied with higher ed, report finds

“Only about one-third of adults said U.S. higher education was “fine how it is,” though their responses mark a small increase over previous years’ findings. In 2018, just 27% of respondents were satisfied with the sector.  Other polls have found a similar lack of trust in American higher education.  A 2018 Gallup poll, for instance, found that around half (48%) of respondents had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the sector, down from 57% who said the same three years prior. Much of that decline is attributable to Republicans, whose reported confidence in the sector fell 17% from 2015 to 2018. “

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Drop The Shame: 5 Reasons To Consider Community College

“I’ve worked in education my entire career. From teaching 4th-grade through opening and running the first graduate advising center at a private higher education institution. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and everything else in between. I’ve seen parents who push their kids to their breaking point, and students who bounce around from home to home with no guidance at all.”

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Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

Want to find out how much it will cost to go to Arkansas Northeastern College? The federal government has a website that promises you can “Calculate your personal net price.” But clicking on that link brings you to the college’s own home page with a fun photo of its cuddly mascot and no immediate sign of anything about cost.

Howard University? The link from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard takes you to a primer about how financial aid works. For the University of St Francis in Illinois, it lands on “page can’t be found.”

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How laid off workers can get employed again

“A few months ago, I read a story in The New York Times about an autoworker who had been laid off from the blue-collar job he’d had for 25 years. It was the only job he’d ever had, and he was at a loss about what to do. That made me wonder what options exist for someone who’s been downsized and has no training or education other than what they’ve learned on the job. There are a number of things that will affect these workers’ prospects, according to Denise Rousseau, professor of organizational behavior and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.”

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University shouldn’t be the gatekeeper to great careers”

“Nothing destined Euan Blair and Sophie Adelman to take on the higher education establishment. The WhiteHat founders could in fact easily illustrate the recruitment brochure for their respective universities. Blair grew up in Downing Street before heading to Yale, while Adelman managed to attend three elite schools: Cambridge, Harvard and Stanford. He started his career at Morgan Stanley, she at Goldman Sachs. They are now venture-backed entrepreneurs who just raised a $16 million Series A round.  “

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5 issues college leaders will confront this year

“Enrollment, finances, immigration, free speech. Many of the issues expected at the top of college presidents’ worklists are carryovers from last year, with a few new wrinkles.  Higher ed watched this summer as one public system reacted to drastic cuts in state funding. And college leaders raised yet more flags that the current political climate is threatening the supply of international students. Meanwhile, issues around Title IX are likely to heat up again with the expected release of new regulations this fall.”

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Tech giants and 2-year colleges are teaming up to teach in-demand skills

“When Howard Stahl, a computer science professor at Santa Monica College, attended a cloud computing summit hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) five years ago, he walked away inspired. “I called up my department chair and said ‘Nobody is doing this,'” he recalled of his proposal to create courses in cloud computing. “‘This could be pretty good.'” “Pretty good,” it turns out, was an understatement. Stahl went on to collaborate with AWS to create a cloud computing certificate that has proven wildly popular. When Santa Monica began offering it, in 2017, classes filled on the first day of enrollment — 110 days before the start of the fall term. “

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