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Two Student Loan Studies Everyone Missed

Education Next – Jason D. Delisle

“Novel research that focuses on student loans tends to receive considerable attention these days. Yet two recent studies with big implications for the federal student loan program have gone largely unnoticed. Perhaps that is just a coincidence. Or perhaps it is because these studies contradict popular narratives about student debt that imply the loan program ought to be more generous and lenient. Each paper is summarized below, followed by a discussion of what the findings imply for policy reforms.”(more)

Analysis: By 2022, America Will Need 1 Million More College Grads With STEM Training Than We Are on Track to Produce

The 74 Million – Blair Blackwell and Talia Milgrom-Elcott

“As our economy evolves, we must evolve with it, developing a workforce prepared to meet the demands of a new economy. Now is our chance to build a workforce ready to succeed over a lifetime, not just over the next three to five years. At the heart of the opportunities and risks we face in a new global economy is the increasing value of skills rooted in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Indeed, 10 of the top 14 fastest-growing industries require STEM training. To keep up with the projected growth in demand for STEM jobs, America will need an additional 1 million more college graduates with STEM training by 2022 than we’re on track to produce.”(more)

OPINION: Research confirms an urgent need to improve how students are supported when choosing college majors

The Hechinger Report – William Hansen and Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

“Earlier this year, a first-generation college student told a disturbing story in The Hechinger Report. She was her sixth year at a four-year college, having changed her major twice and taken time off because she lacked a clear roadmap of what she wanted and how to get there. This, sadly, is not an unfamiliar tale. Choosing a college major is one of the most important decisions students make. It influences everything from employment and earning potential to overall health and happiness. It fuels the lifeblood of our economy – a diverse talent pipeline with the skills and knowledge employers need from a 21st century workforce.”(more)

Dive Into STEM: Attracting, retaining qualified and diverse faculty is a prerequisite to building the field

Education Dive – Shalina Chatlani

“As we try to digest how to get more women and underrepresented minorities into STEM fields, or really any other type of career, experts often say that one key factor is that students see in themselves a future through the people they look up to. In other words, it’s difficult for a girl from a diverse background to see herself getting into a computer science field, when the demographics of her class and her professor is the complete opposite of anything she’s ever known.”(more)

Despite progress, California’s Latino students still face multiple educational challenges

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Over the past decade, the number of Latino students in California completing an associate or bachelor’s degree has doubled, and the dropout rate among these students has fallen from 27% in 1994 to 13% in 2015. But Latino 3- and 4-year-olds in the state are still far less likely to attend preschool than young white, black and Asian children, and in school, they are more likely to have a less effective teacher, to attend a school without an arts programs to have less access to courses required for admission to the state’s two university systems.”(more)

It’s time to address cybersecurity education, say policymakers

Education Dive – Shalina Chatlani

“Though technology has grown in ubiquity throughout college classrooms, the workforce is still seeing a shortage of graduates who actually have the technical expertise necessary to maintain and secure these networked tools. The gap — with the potential economic and security ramifications — has got policymakers, as well as players in the cybersecurity industry, looking toward higher education officials and asking, “How do we fix this?” .”(more)