Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 13, 2018
A Troubled Accreditor's Long-Term Outlook
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a flashpoint for debate over accountability of the for-profit sector, has another chance at federal recognition. But some higher ed observers see tough odds for its long-term survival.
Out of Poverty, Into the Middle Class
Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report
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As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, high schools are searching for ways to prepare students for continuing education and equip them with future-proof skills. 

California's Online College Proposal Ignites Support Among Workers and Opposition With Some Lawmakers
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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Millions of adults in California have few skills, no college credentials, and are stuck in low-paying jobs. Gov. Jerry Brown says these “stranded workers” can learn the skills they need to get ahead at a new $240 million online community college that will be funded over seven years to provide courses tailor-made for the state’s employers.

Female Inmates at Inland Empire Facility Graduate With Training in Carpentry, Coding
Josh Haskell, KABC
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An in-prison apprenticeship program at the California Institution for Women in Corona is giving female inmates like Jonala Jones and Ashley McCrimmon the tools they need to build a better life upon release.

The 70 women who recently graduated from the program are now trained in carpentry, construction labor, healthcare facilities maintenance, and coding. State officials estimate that 93 percent of those who finish the program will never be behind bars again.
No, Students Probably Aren’t Blowing Their Student Loans on Bitcoin
Chris Quintana, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Using Vocational Education to Teach Academic Courses
Amadou Diallo, The Hechinger Report
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