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 11, 2017
Why Massachusetts Leads Nation in College Attainment
Kirk Carapezza, WGBH
Massachusetts has the highest percentage of people with a college credential or certification in the U.S., according to Lumina Foundation's recently released A Stronger Nation report. WGBH’s Kirk Carapezza interviews Lumina's Jamie Merisotis about the report and how well—and where—Americans are learning and developing the talent the nation needs.
Could Grades Be Counterproductive?
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Some educators believe that grades are asked to be things they are not: an assessment of learning, or a complete evaluation of students’ work. In many instances, grades are only a summary statistic. Knowing that one student got an A and another a B tells you that the first student’s performance was rated higher. But it doesn’t tell you why.

It's Time for Elite Universities to Lead in Non-Elite Ways
Brandon Busteed, Gallup
Elite universities should focus on cutting costs, reducing their physical footprint and overhead, and even consider offering more programs focused on skills-based and technical training, writes Brandon Busteed in an opinion piece for Gallup.
2-Pronged Strategy Against ‘Gainful’ Rule
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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When the Department of Education gathered comments this summer ahead of an overhaul of its gainful-employment rule, it heard a litany of familiar refrains from representatives of the for-profit college sector.

They argued that the rule, which holds career programs accountable for graduating students with debt they can’t repay, should apply to all programs regardless of tax status, that it should reflect long-term earnings, and in some cases that it should not be tied to federal aid.

Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?
Laura Sydell, NPR
About half of Harvey Mudd College computer science graduates are women, up sharply in the past decade. It and other schools found success by adjusting their curriculums and making other changes. 
A ‘Distance-Traveled’ Model for College Admissions
Ryan Craig, Inside Higher Ed
Selective colleges should focus less on what applicants have achieved and more on what they’ve overcome to do so, Ryan Craig argues in this essay.
Sierra College Receives $10K to Help Former Foster Youth
Mackenzie Myers, The Press Tribune (California)
Growing Student Debt a Danger to Georgia Economy
Christopher Quinn, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Can Augmented Reality Bridge the Manufacturing Skills Gap?
Jack Karsten and Darrell M. West, Brookings Institution