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 17, 2018
Wages, Benefits, and Skills: What Corporate America Can Do for Employees
American Enterprise Institute
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What do employees of large companies gain from their employment? In what areas can employers improve? And what does the future hold for the relationship between the American employee and the large employer?

Representatives from Walmart, JPMorgan Chase, and FedEx offer insight on the future of work and its benefits for the American worker in this podcast. 
South Carolina Puts Its Support Behind Apprenticeships
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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As a high school student dual enrolled at Trident Technical College in South Carolina, Shannon Brennan served as a youth apprentice at Cummins Turbo Technologies for four hours a day. After completing the program in 2016, she was offered a full-time job. Promotions followed, and she's now working on completing an associate degree at Trident with Cummins covering her education costs. 

Brennan's experience is just one of many success stories brought about by Apprenticeship Carolina (AC), a program of the South Carolina Technical College System. AC assists employers in creating demand-driven paid apprenticeships. It also helps companies and colleges develop customized training programs.

At the Center of the Immigration Debate, First-Generation College Students Are Revolutionizing Campuses
Katie Kindelan, ABC News
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In the University of California system, first-generation college students make up nearly half of all undergraduates.

To ease transitional barriers facing many first-generation students, UC has implemented a number of support services and strategies across its network of 10 campuses. In addition to faculty-mentor programs that pair a first-generation faculty member with a first-generation undergraduate, each UC undergraduate campus has a program specifically dedicated to offering first-generation students academic support, financial advising, on-campus housing, and social and networking opportunities.

NYU Makes Tuition Free for All Medical Students
Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
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New York University medical students received life-changing news on Thursday—the School of Medicine will cover full tuition going forward for all current and future students, regardless of need or merit.

It is a first among the nation’s major medical schools and an attempt to expand career options for graduates who won’t be saddled with six-figure debt.
The Highest-Paying Jobs in America
Aimee Picchi, CBS News
Blog: States See Value in Credential Transparency
Carrie Samson, Credential Engine
New PCC President Promises to Empower Students for Success
Tyler Stocks, Greenville Daily Reflector
Universities Use Blockchain to Streamline Student Services
Nicci Fagan, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Not-So-Great Expectations
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Most Student Borrowers Fix Their Defaults—Except This Group
Preston Cooper, American Enterprise Institute
Who's Not Finishing College in Philadelphia?
Larry Eichel and Michelle Schmitt, Pew Charitable Trusts
A Well-Rounded Education
Center for American Progress
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