Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 30, 2017
After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Randy Emery, a welding instructor at the College of the Sequoias in California’s Central Valley, says a decades-long national push for high school graduates to get bachelor’s degrees has left vocational programs with an image problem, and the nation’s factories with far fewer skilled workers than needed.

Now California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.

Colorado Apprenticeship Program Turns the Factory Floor Into a Classroom
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
Some high school students in Colorado may get prime jobs even before they get their diplomas. That’s because CareerWise, the nation’s first statewide youth apprenticeship program, links students to industries and addresses manufacturers’ demand for skills, while offering employment, academic credit and support for college.
A College Adviser in Every School
Gilad Edelman, Washington Monthly
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Students from low-income households need college admissions help the most but get it the least. This inequity can be solved without breaking the bank.

Courting First-Generation Students at U.C.
Mike McPhate, The New York Times (California)
Delta President: Face New Realities; 'Everything On Table'
Jon Becker, Midland Daily News (Michigan)
Efforts to Reduce College Costs May Have Little Impact On Degree Attainment
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Choice of Majors: Are Women Really Different From Men?
National Bureau of Economic Research