Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 5, 2018
HBCUs Doing Something Right for KIPP Alumni
Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed
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A new survey of thousands of college students, most of them low income, minority and first generation, suggests that colleges and universities should emulate historically black colleges and universities' efforts to make students feel they belong on campus.

The result, according to the findings, could be improved academic outcomes and better student mental health.
More Utah Women Are Enrolling in College, But New Report Says Many Fail to Finish or They Pursue Lower-Paying Careers Than Male Peers
Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune
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A new report suggests women now outnumber men at Utah’s colleges and universities, but male students still rank higher in terms of completing their degrees and on salaries post-graduation.

Several recommendations are offered in the report to help Utah reach its attainment goal of 66 percent of adults having a degree or certificate by the year 2020. Among the suggestions: the creation of support services such as on-campus day care and baby-friendly study rooms for students with children and additional research on how family responsibilities or student employment might affect men and women differently.

“I Knew I Couldn’t Work Because of My Status”
Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic
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When Cristina Jiménez was 13 years old, her family moved to the United States from Ecuador to give Jiménez and her brother access to a better education. 

In this interview, Jiménez talks about her immigration status today, her parents' career aspirations for her, and how she went from doing under-the-table jobs to becoming a MacArthur Fellow and immigrants' rights activist.

Digital Badges for Visible Skills: Credly’s Founder & CEO Shares Vision for Giving Credit Where It’s Due
Hannah Nyren, EdTech Times
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The increasing costs of traditional postsecondary credentials have become a major concern for learners of all ages today. At the same time, there is a clear need for professionals to constantly upgrade their skill-sets to remain relevant in the job market. These conditions make opportunity ripe for alternative credentials.

Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly, discusses how his digital badging platform is designed to make talent more visible and opportunity more accessible.
Essay: Online Learning Shouldn’t Be ‘Less Than’
Sean Michael Morris, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: Gen-Ed Revision Could Be Gen-Ed Reduction
Zachary Michael Jack, Inside Higher Ed
Kentucky’s New Budget Carries Big Consequences for Public Colleges
Julian Wyllie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Utah Women in Higher Education: A Progress Report
Women in the Economy Commission
A Simpler Aid Application for Low-Income College Students
The Center for Law and Social Policy
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