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 18, 2017
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High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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When Anna Neuman was applying to college, there weren't a lot of people around to help her. The only thing her parents told her was she'd have to pay for it herself.

Neuman's experience isn't isolated: Nearly one in four high-achieving, low-income students apply to college completely on their own.

Bill Would Provide States With Grants to Expand Apprenticeships
Community College Daily
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Businesses—especially small and medium-sized businesses—often lack the infrastructure to establish apprenticeships or work-based learning programs on their own. A new bill introduced last week aims to change that by creating a program that provides states with grants to help develop or expand local public-private partnership apprenticeship initiatives.

Purdue Tackles Job Training
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Purdue University unveiled another outside-the-box move Thursday, announcing a five-year deal with one of India’s largest technology outsourcing firms, Infosys, under which the university will perform joint research and provide training and classes for the company's employees.

Purdue administrators hope the partnership addresses a feared talent gap in Indiana between the state’s available workers and the technically skilled candidates employers are seeking. 
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The Newest Advantage of Being Rich in America? Higher Grades
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
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Monet Spencer made it into college this year despite becoming homeless when her mother died. She remembers seeing, as a member of her inner-city high school’s marching band, the much better equipment suburban students got. 

Here’s the latest, more profound way in which wealthier students have an advantage over lower-income ones: Those enrolled in private and suburban public high schools are being awarded higher grades—critical in the competition for college admission—than their urban public school counterparts with no less talent or potential, new research shows.

It’s No Coding Camp: Vocational Training Aims to Diversify Tech
Marissa Lang, San Francisco Chronicle
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In preparation for her graduation from California State University East Bay, Sheena Lyons wanted a job that would set her up for a career. Her choice: the tech industry.  

The problem was Lyons had no experience in tech. That's when she turned to a vocational training program that prepares participants for careers in sales and business development by putting them through rigorous training in those areas and then partnering with tech companies to get them in the door as fellows.


President Signs GI Bill Update Into Law
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
5 Realities of Today's College Freshmen
Megan Trimble, U.S. News & World Report
'15 to Finish' Aims to Increase College-Completion Rates
The Exponent Telegram (West Virginia)
Opinion: All Citizens Have Opportunity to Cross Educational Finish Line
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Mississippi)
Bridging the Last Mile to Close the Skills Gap
Lee Maxey, Chief Learning Officer
SUNY Reports Rush of Applicants Seeking Free Tuition
Mike Costanza, Rochester Business Journal (New York)
Community Colleges Tapping Alumni to Close Funding Gap
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, 89.3 KPCC (California)
CFPB Data Point: Student Loan Repayment
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau