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.
August 3, 2018
Undocumented Immigrants Start to Use New Law Offering New Jersey College Financial Aid
Monsy Alvarado, NorthJersey.com
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It took Yetzul Salazar a decade after her graduation from high school before she began classes at Passaic County Community College.

Salazar, 30, was raising a son, and concerned about her undocumented status. Then, after two years of part-time courses in child development, Salazar took another break in December—this time because she couldn't afford to pay the spring tuition.

Now, however, she has good reason to believe things will improve in the fall, when New Jersey begins distributing financial aid to undocumented students who qualify to attend college in the state.
Academic Uses Technology to Close the Achievement Gap
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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After Dr. Antonio Pérez steps down from his position as president of Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) later this month, he will focus his energy on further developing his app, HiddenChalk.

During his time as president, Pérez noticed that many students were entering college unprepared for their coursework and exams. He believes that educational institutions often use the same techniques over and over again but never look for a different approach to help students succeed. To Pérez, the different approach to learning can be found within a student’s cellphone.

The Challenge of a Universal Transcript
Shalina Chatlan, Education Dive
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Students learn in different ways, but it's hard for higher education leaders to assess the value of each credential earned. Could blockchain and mixed modality frameworks be the solution? 

More Indiana Students of Color Are Graduating College. But Many Are Still Being Left Behind
Stephanie Wang, Chalkbeat
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More students of color are graduating from college in Indiana, but big gaps still remain in college enrollment rates and college readiness, according to a new equity report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. 

The report noted a bright spot among students from low-income families who receive 21st Century Scholarships, a need-based program that covers four years of tuition at state colleges.

Connecting Students With College and Careers
Caroline Preston, The New York Times
What Will AI and Robotics Mean for Higher Education?
Dr. Diana G. Oblinger, eCampus News
Puebloans Learn to Adapt in Ever-Changing Workplace
John Pompia, The Pueblo Chieftain
Working in Harmony
AACC 21st Century Center (Maryland)
Opinion: What If Corporate America Did More to Raise the High School Graduation Rate?
John Bridgeland and Nicole Anderson, The Hechinger Report
Single Moms With College Degrees Less Likely to Experience Poverty
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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