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A weekly newsletter from Paul Fain about connections between education and the American workforce. Get a veteran journalist’s take on what to watch as postsecondary education and job training systems work to better serve lower-income learners and workers.

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Competing on price

Burck Smith, founder of StraighterLine, on online course provider, remains confident that change is coming to higher ed. A key driver will be big enrollment woes.

A key missing partner

If alternative paths to degrees and good jobs are going to work for meaningful numbers of workers, the growing consensus holds that both employers and colleges need to be at the table—often with an intermediary organization.

A smoother path to jobs

The pandemic helped show that money is hardly the only reason why lower-income Americans pass up college. Employer-sponsored degrees could help more people decide college is worth the risk.

Bypassing degrees

The group behind a campaign for employers to drop degree requirements now wants to "rewire the labor market" to help those workers land good jobs.