Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 13, 2018
The Common App Will Stop Asking About Students' Criminal Histories
Alia Wong, The Atlantic
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The nonprofit organization behind the Common Application, a single form that students can fill out to apply to any college that uses it, announced last week that, starting next year, it will no longer ask students about their criminal history. The shift could alter the life course for many students with higher-education aspirations who have a misdemeanor or felony attached to their name.

Blockchain Gains Currency in Higher Ed
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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Despite lingering skepticism about the future of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the technology behind them is garnering the interest of colleges and universities.

Many professors are incorporating blockchain into their teaching and research, and several universities have developed full courses devoted to the technology. This summer Columbia University and Stanford University both launched blockchain research centers, following in the footsteps of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Digital Currency Initiative, which launched as part of the MIT Media Lab in 2015; MIT is among the first institutions to create such a program.
Minnesota's Public Colleges to Expand Credit for 'Prior Learning'
Maura Lerner, The Star Tribune
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For Carmen Alvarez, her 11 years of work at Regions Hospital in St. Paul has led to 18 credits from Metropolitan State University without ever going to class.

Alvarez, 51, is one of hundreds of students using what's known as "credit for prior learning" to cut the cost and time it takes to earn a college degree on the St. Paul campus.

Now, school officials are trying to make it easier than ever for working adults across Minnesota to do the same. Metro State helped launch the Prior Learning Assessment Network this spring to promote the use of alternative ways of earning credit in the Minnesota State college and university system.
Too Little Aid for Low-Income STEM Majors?
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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When low-income students get a need-based grant, in addition to other financial aid, they are more likely to study science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) than their peers who don't receive this boost in aid, according to a recent study from the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice. 

Better Data for a Better Economy
Erica L. Groshen and Robert M. Groves, The Wall Street Journal
Should Universities Be More Like Amazon?
Emily Joy Bembeneck, The EvoLLLution
Roebuck Talks Free College Tuition Legislation
Johann Calhoun, The Philadelphia Tribune
California Gets Low Marks When It Comes to College Attainment
Walter Hudson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Collaboration Lifting College Graduation Rates
Susana Martinez, Albuquerque Journal
Opinion: Reversing Modesto’s ‘Brain Drain’
Reggie Rucker, The Modesto Bee
Online Platform Helps Students With Hiring Process in STEM Field
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Partners in an Educated Southeast Minnesota
Scott R. Olson, The Post Bulletin
Moving the Needle on Success for Low-Income Students
Jerry Greenwald and Benjamin Castleman, The Houston Chronicle
Educators Aim to Make Students College, Career Ready
Jackie Gutknecht, The Covington News
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