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

Debt-Free College and Free College: What’s the Difference? As the buzz around free college programs continues to grow, there are opportunities for confusion between what constitutes debt-free college and free college. With so many conversations in the public space, it is important to avoid using these terms interchangeably and instead, use them in ways that provide clarity.

Building Strong and Inclusive Economies through Apprenticeship Government leaders across the United States are struggling to build dynamic and competitive economies in which the benefits of economic growth are broadly shared. States are seeking ways to make college more affordable and build their STEM workforce, but many find that traditional higher education is not enough to develop and retain workers.

A Big Reason Rural Students Never Go to College: Colleges Don’t Recruit Them College recruiters who flock to suburban high schools seldom visit rural ones.

New Coalition on Transition to Postsecondary The group [Level Up] wants to measurably increase numbers of high school students, particularly from underrepresented groups, who are prepared for and successfully complete postsecondary education and training programs. It will seek to do so through direct support and research, as well by supporting policies. (Inside Higher Ed)

Despite High Costs, New Poll Shows Most Young Adults Think a Four-Year Degree Is Worth It  Among 18- to 34-year-olds, 59 percent believe four-year schools are worth the cost, according to a new survey from American Public Media’s APM Research Lab and The Hechinger Report. (Hechinger Report)

Illinois high school graduates leaving the state for college educations at growing rates  Nearly half of Illinois public high school graduates in 2017 chose an out-of-state school for their four-year college education, according to new data released Tuesday.