Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 17, 2018
From Public Housing to College: New National Pilot Helps Low-Income Students in Los Angeles Make That Journey
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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Students who live in low-income housing developments often don't receive enough college guidance in high school and have families who aren't practiced at navigating SAT exams, financial aid, and scholarships. A new federally funded pilot program will bring college admissions and financial aid guidance directly to where they live.

Workers Are Climbing Wind Turbines to the Middle Class
Sarah Garland, The Hechinger Report
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Jobs in clean energy are growing faster than any other position in the United States. Solar panel installers are at the top of the list, followed by wind turbine service technicians. Community colleges and some high schools are beefing up programs and starting new ones to train students for these in-demand occupations. 
Education as a Benefit: More Companies Support Degree Pathways
Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
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"Susana" always wanted to go to college, but it was hard to make the commitment. Working as a Starbucks barista, she heard about the College Achievement Plan and signed up the day it was announced. “It’s my ticket to go back to school,” she says.

Part of a growing trend, Susana works for a company that provides education as an employee benefit. It’s primarily a talent development strategy. In some cases, it’s retention strategy. More broadly, it’s a corporate social responsibility strategy.
The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail
Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic
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As online learning extends its reach, various online programs are incorporating elements of the old-school, brick-and-mortar model. It's much like the way some online retailers use relatively small physical outlets to spark sales on their websites and increase customer loyalty. 

A recent move by the online-degree provider 2U exemplifies this hybrid strategy. The company partnered with WeWork, the co-working firm, to let 2U students enrolled in its programs at universities such as Georgetown University and the University of Southern California use space at any WeWork location to take tests or meet with study groups.

An Rx for Poverty? A Career in Nursing
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
Dallas Among U.S. Cities Attracting Highly Skilled Labor
Ben Miller and Bill Hethcock, Dallas Business Journal
How Colleges Can Cultivate Students’ Sense of Belonging
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Pipeline Program Aims to Steer Students Toward College
Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Blog: Bayou State's New FAFSA Rules Plant Seeds for Student Success
Jack Porter, National College Access Network
In-Depth Data Drive Change
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Facing Historic Labor Shortages, Companies Snap Up Teenagers
Jennifer Levitz and  Eric Morath, The Wall Street Journal
Courts, Congressional Delays Hold DACA in Limbo
James Neal, CNHI News Oklahoma
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