Can Colleges Help Early Childhood Teachers Go Back to School?

The clock is ticking in Washington, D.C. By the end of 2023, workers who teach the littlest learners in the nation’s capital will be required to have advanced credentials in early childhood education. For some teachers, this feels like pressure. For college leaders, it feels like opportunity. And so two of the city’s universities are … Read more

Want to Hire an Innovative College Graduate? Choose a Transfer Student

Among the many questions COVID-19 has raised about college-going, one remains particularly daunting across industry sectors—who to hire? If anything, COVID has taught us that nothing can be taken for granted and there are no sure-things with regard to the college-to-career pipeline. Will liberal arts majors succeed in business—and for that matter, will business majors … Read more

With New Online Marketplace, Community Colleges Hope to Better Compete With For-Profits

Community colleges are staking a claim in the territory of online course marketplaces. They’re about a decade behind their university counterparts, who helped to found edX in 2012, the same year that startup Coursera launched its competing service, now worth millions. But leaders of a new platform called Unmudl say the time is right for … Read more

Elon Musk Needs a Futuristic Workforce For SpaceX. Will His $20M Pledge to Schools Help?

As he’s wont to do, Elon Musk pulled up Twitter on his phone one early spring morning and fired off some breaking news. “Am donating $20M to Cameron County schools & $10M to City of Brownsville for downtown revitalization,” he wrote in the March 30 tweet. “Details to follow next week.” The billionaire SpaceX and … Read more

Why Tech Companies View the Job Search As Big Business

In the months that followed the onset of COVID-19, devastating unemployment and the rapid shift to remote learning renewed questions about the efficacy of a pricey, multi-year college degree—and sparked a national outcry over the relevance of traditional higher education in a COVID-changed world. Parents and students alike were rightfully skeptical of paying high prices … Read more

The Unintended Consequences of Universal Preschool

One of the hallmarks of President Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan is its ambitious proposal to create something tantamount to universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. The plan calls for a national partnership with states that, when fully implemented, could put five million children into high-quality programs and save the average American family $13,000 … Read more

Skills Are Great — But It’s Who You Know That Lands You a Job

In the American Jobs Plan, the Biden Administration has put a stake in the ground on a bold vision to “ensure workers have ready access to the skills they will need to succeed,” especially those from historically under-resourced communities. The plan includes targeted investments in both existing and “next-generation” education and training programs, as well … Read more

Mapping Out a ‘Credential As You Go’ Movement For Higher Education

Enrolling in college is not the same as graduating from college. It’s a distinction that, when spelled out, seems sort of obvious. But it’s not one reflected in so many of the policies and practices of higher education. And that has contributed to the fact that 36 million Americans have earned some college credit, but … Read more

Tech Apprenticeships Shift the Costs of Higher Ed From Students to Employers

For decades, companies have offered more or less the same deal to Americans in search of office jobs: You pay for your own higher education and skills training, and then we’ll consider employing you. But with corporations unable to hire and hold on to enough workers to fill jobs in IT, cyber security and software … Read more

Your Next Great Hire Is Graduating From a Community College

The post-COVID economy will demand practical skills and a diverse workforce, yet many companies struggle to find quality talent at the scale they need. Corporate recruiters return to the same universities year after year and still fall short of their hiring goals. They may be looking in the wrong places. There is a labor pool … Read more