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 26, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
They Grew Up In the Shadow of USC. Would the School Let Them In?
Moriah Balingit, The Washington Post
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For students who have grown up in the shadow of the University of Southern California (USC) and were fighting against all odds to get in, the college admissions scandal that broke last month struck a deeply personal note.

Anthony Ramirez is one of those students. USC is his dream school. He worries about how the admissions officers there might judge him. His home lies a short drive from the school, but in his neighborhood, there are far more high school dropouts than college graduates.

Jamie Merisotis
Lowe's Has Come Out Swinging In the War for Talent With a New Campaign to Fill Millions of Skilled Trades Jobs
Áine Cain, Business Insider
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Lowe's wants to make plumbers, electricians, and mechanics cool.

The home improvement retailer is spearheading an initiative called Generation T that aims to change the perception of skilled trades and spotlight the opportunities they present. Businesses and organizations like 3M, Timberland, Samsung, Bosch, the National Association of Home Builders, and local trade organizations have signed on to support Generation T.

The effort also has created an online site designed to serve as a national marketplace for jobs, apprenticeships, and education programs.

Jamie Merisotis
To Survive, Small Colleges Are Rethinking the Liberal Arts
James Paterson, Education Dive
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Faced with lingering recession-era gashes in endowments and state funding and online competition, many small colleges are restructuring curriculum, campuses, and even tuition to help them stand out and stay relevant.

In California, for example, Dominican University has reinvented its approach to the liberal arts as a way to attract students. Called the Dominican Experience, the effort entails four components: community engagement, a capstone-type project, a digital portfolio, and advising and mentoring. The school also added targeted academic programs for in-demand careers in the region, as well as formed a partnership with a coding company based in San Francisco. 

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Chelsea Beck
Graduation Guides Promise High Schoolers a Clearer Path to Success
Jenny Gathright, NPR
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Aniya Cox, 16, attends Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C. Cox is sure she wants to be a dermatologist. She's less sure about what she needs to do to get there.

Cox may be in luck. D.C.'s public schools are rolling out an intervention to help students track their progress toward graduation and provide more information about college and career options.

The effort is part of the district's efforts to boost college and career readiness among its students—and part of a larger movement across the country to make education data more available and accessible.

Reinvesting in Community Colleges
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Unfinished Business: ‘Our Next Frontier’
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
NYC Task Force and Report Tackles Incarceration
Melanie Eversley, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Young Adult Workers Needed in Pratt
Gale Rose, Pratt Tribune (Kansas)
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