Giving Compass' Take:

• The Atlantic examines how we need to rethink higher education to adapt to the new economy. This "third wave" of education (after high school and college were prioritized in the 20th century) well help people keep current in a career, learn how to complement rising levels of automation, and gain skills for new work.

• Are enough initiatives being devoted to community colleges and workforce training? If, indeed, there's a new revolution at hand, those secondary institutions that have often gone overlooked will be at the forefront of innovation.

• Here's how community colleges are using multiple measures to determine readiness.

When the giant Indian technology-services firm Infosys announced last November that it would open a design and innovation hub in Providence, the company’s president said one of the key reasons he chose Rhode Island was its strong network of higher-education institutions: Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Community College of Rhode Island.

In a higher-education system that is often divided between two- and four-year colleges and further segregated between elite and nonelite institutions, it’s not often that a community college is mentioned in the same breath as an Ivy League campus. Nor is a two-year college seen as a training ground for jobs in the so-called creative economy, which include industries such as design, fashion, and computer gaming that typically require bachelor’s degrees.

But the Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest two-year college with more than 15,000 students, is working hard to change the tired image of two-year institutions as places for high-school graduates who can’t hack it on four-year campuses or for the unemployed trying to figure out what’s next. Led by Meghan Hughes, a relatively new president with an academic background in art history, the college is overhauling its approach to workforce development by better aligning programs with the state’s economic priorities than is currently the case.

Read the full article about higher education's push toward lifelong learning by Jeffrey Selingo at The Atlantic.