Learn to Workers! Sorry it’s been a long lull since the last installment. Trumpageddon has kicked my ass back into action and I’ve got a lot of great content stored up so expect more to come in short order.
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We’re still looking for the next CEO of Kepler so keep the ideas coming! As some of you know, we got lucky with our last CEO search finding Michael Munson to lead Spire — thanks to all of you who helped with that search.
And for those of you in the holiday giving spirit, we just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise scholarship funds for the emerging wave of next-generation K12 schools in Africa like Nova Pioneer.
Without further ado, here’s the latest sweep from the world of education-to-employment, where all the job seekers are above average…
If you haven’t already been reading a lot about artificial intelligence (esp the advent of AGI & ASI) this two part WaitButWhy piece – Part 1 and Part 2 – is a great though downright scary primer to read over the Thanksgiving holiday. Punchline argument: growing scientific consensus AGI/ASI just matter of decades; translation = humans probably immortal or extinct before 2100. Self-driving cars coming on faster than we expected? Ain’t no thang compared to what’s slouching toward Bethlehem to be born. And, um, if we’re still alive there might be some job market implications a tad bit bigger than the shifts we’ve seen to date that already helped turn Hillary country to Trump country.
Higher ed feeding inequality
- Trumpageddon cast some light on how the east coast media and 1%ers and Democratic party elites are having trouble getting outside their bubble; so are many higher ed pundits who too often focus on elite solutions to elite problems (skip college! go be an entrepreneur or attend a coding bootcamp!).
- The students who most desperately need the socioeconomic mobility college promises are getting it least. Authors created a ‘mobility ‘score for colleges — of the top-quartile colleges producing better outcomes, only 8.6% take an above-average number of Pell students, while 80% of the bottom-quartile colleges take above-average Pell %. (Interesting Trumpageddon-related factoid: <25% of Pell recipients are black or Hispanic. Pell recipients are 63% white).
- Pieces in Hechinger Report (more stories & color) and the Atlantic (drier/more data) on just how severe the rich/poor gap is getting on college campuses
And it’s not just students from low-income families getting the shaft: >50% of students from middle class families don’t graduate
- Where’s the candle in all that darkness? For starters, some steps in the right direction with Pell pilots (we’ll see what happens under The Donald)
- Some prisoners getting Pell access
- Some high school students getting Pell access for dual enrollment
- Cool models I hadn’t come across until Ryan Craig wrote about them — Paul Quinn / New Urban College in Dallas (link jumps to key part of article) and CUNY partnership integrating Revature coding bootcamp
- Stig Leschly of Match Beyond teeing up College 101 –a series of upcoming blog posts making the case for liberalizing entry of new higher ed providers
- In general, bootcampdom seems to be a tale of two cities right now …
- Coding bootcamps, and maybe a couple other smaller technical categories, continuing to grow/thrive (see thoughtful general outlook on the subsector here).
- Meanwhile, more generalist bootcamp-type programs have either been struggling (most visibly Fullbridge) or pivoting in search of a viable business model
- Bootcamps as a whole — at least in the US — still skew heavily toward wealthier participants though with some moves in the right direction (e.g., Revature example above; EQUIP program to enable lower-income students to tap Federal aid here and here; providers like Learning Guild in Oakland targeting lower-income students and offering income-sharing agreements)
- Someone tried to run an analysis of bootcamp grads’ skillset vs college grads’
- University Ventures suggests a 2×2 matrix to break down bootcamp business models
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