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 25, 2017
UC Faculty Mentors Will Help the Growing Ranks of First-Generation Students
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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The growing number of University of California students who are in the first generation of their families to attend a university will be able this fall to easily find role models and mentors close at hand: UC faculty who have the same background.

Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago
Jeremy Ashkenas, Haeyoun Park, and Adam Pearce, The New York Times
Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago, according to a New York Times analysis.
Tensions Grow Between Trump and Black Colleges as HBCU Conference Becomes Political
Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The months following a ceremony that would move the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from the Education Department to the West Wing have been rife with controversy. Now, a forthcoming event that has not historically been political is getting caught in the crosshairs, and the Trump administration’s commitment to black colleges is again being called into question.
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How Do You Predict Teens' College Plans? Universities Have Long Struggled With That Question Before UC Irvine’s Admissions Fiasco
Teresa Watanabe and Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
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College admissions yield rates have become increasingly unpredictable in recent years, forcing institutions to come up with both practical and creative solutions. 

Compilation On Affordability in Higher Education
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed