RSI Corporate - Licensing

Cisco partners with school districts, colleges to close technical skills gap

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“Cisco’s U.S. public sector senior vice president, Larry Payne, said in a recent conversation with Education Dive that the company saw opportunity was lacking “for students who couldn’t pursue that four-year engineering or computer science degree … to enter into the tech industry.” Payne said the company recognized it as a void it could fill to help train future workers. “If we’re going to introduce people to our industry, we can’t just expect everyone to come out of a four-year college with a computer science degree,” he said.” (more)

Incremental Steps Toward Bold Student Loan Reforms

Education Next – Sandy Baum and Matthew M. Chingos

“The options available to former students repaying their federal student loans have improved over the past decade. Instead of making equal payments every month for 10 years, 31 percent of borrowers are now in plans that set payments at an affordable share of their incomes and forgive remaining balances after 20 or 25 years. But the system of multiple plans is too complicated and difficult to navigate, default rates remain stubbornly high, and the latest estimates project significant long-term costs to taxpayers.” (more)

Bridging the gender gap: Why do so few girls study Stem subjects?

The Guardian – Lauren Barack

“You will no doubt be aware that women are underrepresented in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) occupations. They make up 14.4% of all people working in Stem in the UK, despite being about half of the workforce. This is well short of the country’s goal of a critical mass of 30%. Increasing women in Stem is forecast to increase the UK’s labour value by at least £2bn. There is a whole tangle of reasons why the gender gap in Stem exists. One is a pipeline issue – fewer girls than boys choose to study Stem subjects at secondary school and university. Interventions internationally mean the numbers of girls in Stem subjects are creeping up very slowly, but the gap remains surprisingly resistant nonetheless.” (more)

How To Save For Rising Education Costs And Potentially Get A Tax Deduction

Forbes – Kristin O’Keeffe Merrick

“Saving for college is the real deal. It is getting more expensive by the day and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the rapid level of inflation of college as the years go by. In addition, if you are sending or planning to send your kids to private primary or secondary school, it is almost impossible to even think about saving for college. There is some good news–the new tax reform bill has opened up 529 plans to be used towards primary and secondary education so there are some very interesting opportunities to use 529 plans in the next few years. Read on to check out more about a 529 and what to consider when getting one.” (more)

Initiative aims to boost US college graduation rates by ‘hundreds of thousands’

Education Dive – Patti Zarling

“The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities announced a new effort in which 100 public research universities — organized in clusters of eight to 10 institutions — will work together to increase graduation rates by hundreds of thousands by 2025. The clusters will develop, refine and scale innovative practices in a way that also aims to close the achievement gap, the group said. Participating schools will commit to sharing key data and advocating proven practices within their groups in an effort to develop models that could work on a larger scale.” (more)

How to help students avoid the remedial ed trap

The Hechinger Report – Jill Barshay

“No question, remedial education needs an overhaul. Millions of young adults get trapped in rudimentary math and English classes that don’t earn them college credits but still cost the same tuition. More than two-thirds of all community college students and 40 percent of undergraduates in four-year colleges have to start with at least one developmental education class, in the euphemistic jargon of higher education. The majority of these students drop out without degrees.” (more)