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Here are some new resources and news for the field of higher education.

Dean at UC-Irvine Seeks to Solve Higher Ed’s Existential Crisis With Data—Lots of It   The study, called the Next-Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project, will trawl depositories of student data, combining institutional records with survey responses and data from learning-management systems like Canvas and Blackboard. Researchers hope to determine what practices affect how students learn, grow, and enter the work force. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Dual Enrollment: Increasing Early Access to Postsecondary Education Sarah Pingel and Gregory Kienzl, of ACT, highlight a panel discussion in Texas that covered some of the ways in which dual enrollment programs can be used to lower postsecondary costs for students.

Illinois State University Continues Push for Fair Higher Ed Funding Formula  “There’s never been a full-fledged, system-based funding formula for public universities in Illinois,” said Al Bowman, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

To A Degree – Episode 26 | Year Ahead for Higher Ed  Education Commission of the States President Jeremy Anderson joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s ‘To A Degree’ podcast to discuss the issues and people to watch in higher education in 2019.

How colleges are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet  Eighty-five percent of the jobs that today’s students will do in 2030 don’t exist yet, the Institute for the Future has predicted.

Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary Now Available  In the State of Illinois, the public and private sector alike are conducting a broad number of efforts pertaining to education, workforce development, and economic development through a lens of career pathways. Common to all this work is a shared philosophy regarding college and career pathways, with the aim of enabling Illinois residents to progressively build toward college and career success through aligned education, training, and employment opportunities over their lifetimes. A wide range of education and training programs and initiatives administered by a variety of private, state, and local entities fall within this system of career pathways. It is critical that they use aligned terminology and language to ensure they are building programs and pathways effectively. For that reason, Illinois approved a statewide definition of career pathways this year and used that definition as a launching pad for a larger suite of definitions, now contained within the new Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary.

Report: Of Metrics and Markets: Measuring Post-College Employment Success Each year, students, families, schools, and other taxpayers collectively invest over half a trillion dollars in U.S. higher education. For most students who complete a quality credential or degree, higher education proves a powerful lever of upward mobility. However, as more students have had to borrow, and borrow more, to even attempt a degree or credential program, some are ending up even worse off than before they started, with thousands of dollars of debt and little or no increased earnings power to pay it off. As of June 2018, a record 8.9 million borrowers were in default on roughly $159 billion dollars in federal student loans.

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