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 12, 2018
Partnerships Lead to Student Success
Bryan D. Albrecht, The EvoLLLution
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Gateway Technical College was founded in 1911 with a mission focused on preparing youth and adults for emerging careers in a changing economy. Today, as in 1911, Gateway is getting students ready for the next economy through industry partnerships and a more flexible and workforce-focused approach to credentialing.

To Help Strapped Borrowers, States Turn to Student Loan Ombudsmen
Elaine S. Povich, Stateline
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Sarah Pool, a children's librarian in Staunton, Virginia, is struggling under the weight of her student loan debt. She is not alone. Many indebted former students face frustration as they try to navigate the loan repayment thicket.

In response, some states are stepping up to help students with loan repayments by passing laws to create ombudsmen.
Report Illustrates Vulnerability of First-Generation College Students
Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
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The unspoken liability for most first-generation college students is a lack of resources. That challenge alone prevents many first-generation students from even considering college.

More institutions are directly reaching out to parents to help them understand how an education beyond high school can advance earnings potential and why students should not be pressured to bypass college in order to help with household financial support.

New Collaboration to Bridge Workforce Skills Gap in Colorado Springs
Caiti Blase, KOAA
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In Colorado Springs, employers say plenty of jobs may be available, but qualified workers are not. A new partnership in the city is trying to bridge the skills gap between graduates and employers as the population continues to grow. Part of the collaboration includes pairing local college students with area employers, with the goal of training and keeping them in Colorado Springs. 
How Will Automation Affect Different U.S. Cities?
Morgan Frank, Manuel Cebrian, Hyejin Youn, Lijun Sun and Iyad Rahwan, Kellogg Insight
Blended Is Best
Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Forum Advocates for Enhanced Hispanic Higher Education Legislation
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Expanding Access to College for Incarcerated People
Heather Erwin, Community College Daily
Opinion: Investment Needed to Improve Higher Education in Illinois
David Tretter, The State Journal-Register
Free College Proposal From Gov. Murphy Has Fans and Foes
Claire Lowe, Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey)
Making Digital Learning Work
Action Lab at Arizona State University and the Boston Consulting Group 
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