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

What if We Hired for Skills, Not Degrees?  The last decade has seen widespread ‘degree inflation.’ But a growing movement of employers, workers and training groups offers a rebuke to a culture that exalts a bachelor’s as the gold standard for upward mobility.

Is the University Next Door the Way to Upward Mobility?  This report investigates factors that might explain variation in mobility rates. It finds that the factor most closely associated with higher mobility rates is college graduation. The report concludes with a discussion of several ideas to potentially increase graduation rates at comprehensive universities.

A college graduation season truth: Liberal arts degrees are valuable and practical  Liberal arts studies are devalued in our culture, yet these graduates enjoy success in jobs and life. They have the tools to innovate and adapt.

New Strada-Lumina Report Finds Non-Degree Credentials Have High Value for U.S. Adults  Certified Value: When do Adults Without Degrees Benefit from Earning Certificates and Certifications finds that sub-baccalaureate certificates and certifications provide substantial value in both employment and personal satisfaction for American adults without college degrees. The new report released by Strada Education Network and Lumina Foundation analyzes data from the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey. This unique nationally representative database goes beyond traditional approaches of describing demographics and income levels to capture how people feel about the impact of education on their lives and their employment. These are vital insights for increasing the value all education consumers find in America’s post-secondary education solutions.

Just 13 percent of child care assistance goes to student parents  States control who gets federally supported child care assistance and few prioritize parents pursuing education or training.

2019 College Changes Everything® Conference: Expanding Success for All Students – Every Community’s Responsibility, July 18, 2019 • 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois Register now to attend the ninth annual College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference – the state’s premier college access and success event. This one day conference focuses on effective practices and showcases resources available to help with increasing access to postsecondary education, college completion, and career readiness. The conference also supports the state’s Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. Registration is $40.00, and only credit card payments are accepted. Space is limited and fills quickly. More information about the conference is available on the conference website.