Here’s the latest sweep from the world of education to employment, where all the job seekers are above average …
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If you check out one link this weekend, make it this one — amazing This American Life episode about low-income students’ experience with college and privilege. College struggles are so deeply about sense of “I don’t belong,” “I don’t deserve it,” “I’m alone in this.” The story of how just missing out on Posse fellowship crushed Melanie is heartbreaking. Hell of a piece of journalism.
- Of course we gotta start with the Big Bang – LinkedIn buying Lynda.com for $1.5B. If you’re in ed-to-employment and that doesn’t make your heart go all aflutter, right?
- Fast Company on Stanford’s most popular course “Designing My Life”. This kind of support — prompting and helping students to think about shaping their journey — should be much more common in college. And yet if just feeling like you belong in college is tough for low-income students, imagine what a psychological leap “design your life” requires.
- Michael Moe in the GSV newsletter on some of the innovation in corporate learning/training and leadership development – Google/2U partnership, CorpU, and more
- Big feature in WSJ about how surprisingly hard is it for Houston employers to line up a pipeline of trained people for very high-paying middle-skills jobs. When employer pain gets real, their spending gets real
- Mounting evidence all the time showing how intense relationship-based support drives college completion. Fascinating deep dive look in The Atlantic from the always-sharp Amanda Ripley on Starbucks/ASU partnership — “The Upwardly Mobile Barista” — and the student supports it provides that get less attention than the Starbucks $$ commitment but are just as important. Other recent stuff along these lines: Bottom Line feature in WSJ covering what I think is the most under-appreciated college support program in the US; and Tom Vander Ark on the Match Beyond model we’re launching in Boston
- Jeff Selingo in WaPo asking if purpose of college is mostly job or education
- Ryan Craig of University Ventures (scroll down to Double Myopia post) on how college-employer collaboration is way too often one-off window dressing