Weekly News Brief 4/7-4/13

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Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide – By Emily Tate, EdSurge

Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it.

Most Americans who cannot access the internet on a daily basis come from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities, including individuals with disabilities, from low-income backgrounds and those living in rural areas. The same holds for U.S. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments.

The Digital Equity Act of 2019 would create two new annual grant programs—one formula grant, one competitive—of $125 million each, to be distributed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The grants would seek to help all 50 states, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, create and implement digital equity plans, launch digital inclusion projects and support evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both.

 

Purpose as Well as Paycheck – By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed

A new report from Gallup and Bates College shows most students want to find a sense of purpose in their work, but they aren't always succeeding.

Recent college graduates want “purpose” in their jobs, but they aren’t always finding it, according to a new survey.

The report, "Forging Pathways to Purposeful Work," from Gallup and Bates College, found that 95 percent of four-year college graduates nationally considered a sense of purpose at least moderately important in their work. (Note: Gallup conducts some surveys for Inside Higher Ed, but this publication was uninvolved in this study.)

But of the graduates who strongly felt that a purpose was important, only 40 percent said they had found a meaningful career. Only 34 percent indicated they were deeply interested in their work, and 26 percent reported that they liked what they were doing on a daily basis.

“This ‘purpose gap’ is a glaring problem for the younger work force, as millennials place a higher priority on purpose in their lives than previous generations, and they look to work more than other sources to find it,” A. Clayton Spencer, president of Bates, said in a statement. “The purpose gap is also a challenge for employers because of a strong correlation between employees’ purpose and engagement and an organization’s bottom line.”