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 31, 2018
Justice Department Backs Suit on Harvard Admissions
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
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The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday filed a brief to formally back a lawsuit that charges Harvard University with discriminating against Asian American applicants.

The outcome of the case could be significant far beyond Cambridge. Many elite colleges have admissions systems similar to that of Harvard, and so a defeat for Harvard could impact them as well. Many other colleges, far less competitive than Harvard is on admissions, consider race in awarding scholarships or in various academic enrichment programs. So they could also be affected.

Equality Is Opportunity: INROADS Turns Dreams Into Reality
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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The lessons of the past continue to inform the present and future of INROADS, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in America’s top corporations.

INROADS advances career opportunities for minority college students via paid internship pathways and life skills training. Following graduation, INROADS' mentorship network extends a support system that can last a lifetime.

Photo: Chris Matthews
Why More Colleges Should Treat Students Like Numbers
Kevin Carey, Washington Monthly
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A small but growing number of colleges and universities are at the forefront of using information technology and advanced statistical analysis to see students in whole new ways.

By sifting through vast stores of information that have accumulated in various administrative and educational data systems, they are discovering patterns about students that they never knew about before—why some succeed while others fail, and what can be done to help them. As a result, they’re starting to crack the stubborn, widespread problem of high college dropout rates, and point toward a future where besieged public institutions can continue to thrive.

Momentum Builds for Career-Focused P-TECH Schools
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechnger Report
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Shanaes Akhtar discovered Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) as a middle schooler. Students there spend six years instead of the traditional four but they graduate with an associate degree along with their high school diploma, all for free. 

The P-TECH model brings together a school district, a community college and local industry. More than 500 businesses partner with various schools around the world, helping teachers develop work-relevant curricula, mentoring students, offering paid internships and standing ready to hire P-TECH grads.

Momentum has been building steadily for P-TECH and models like it that bring together businesses and schools to better prepare students for college and careers.

Change Agents in Education: How They're Teaching Us to Thrive
Michelle Caffrey, Philadelphia Business Journal
Opinion: Ramsey: Apprenticeships Are Another Education Option
Melinda J. Overstreet, Richmond Register
Colleges Use Texting to Tackle Summer Melt
Halona Black, Education Dive
Opinion: Politicians Can't Fix What's Ailing College Affordability
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan, The Dallas Morning News
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