Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
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August 8, 2017
Importing Apprenticeships
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
In the push to expand “earn-while-you-learn” programs, what lessons can the U.S. take from approaches in Germany and Switzerland?
Photo: Kristen Norman/Chicago Tribune
Loyola Program Opens College Doors for Vulnerable Students
Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune
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Loyola University Chicago was Blanca Rodriguez's dream school. The Jesuit institution's $42,000 tuition was out of the question for her family, but Rodriguez will soon be a graduate of a Loyola school anyway thanks to a program for low-income students designed to get them halfway to a bachelor's degree with little or no debt.

Federal Aid Headaches in West Virginia
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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When public colleges and universities in West Virginia were placed under cash restrictions for federal student aid last month, it was a rare—and possibly unprecedented—instance of the federal government sanctioning an entire state’s higher education system.

Staying the Course to Meet Our Equity Imperative
Lumina Foundation
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Recent news that the U.S. Department of Justice might redirect resources to investigate the use of race in college admissions rightly prompted much-concerned commentary in policy and educational circles. It seems appropriate for the community to pause and reflect on the larger issues at stake in this important debate about equity and inclusion.

Colleges, Universities Plan for Possible Assault On Affirmative Action
Jamal Eric Watson and Gia Savage, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Just as the announcement that the Trump administration was implementing an immigration ban drew the ire of administrators at colleges and universities across the nation, so too, did a media report that the U.S. Department of Justice was looking to go after universities that employ affirmative action in their admission processes.

In the days since The New York Times reported the story, colleges and universities—small and large—have been vocal in condemning any attacks on the more than five-decade policy aimed at leveling the racial playing field in higher education.

Cuomo to Give Colleges $7 Million for Courses in Prisons
Jesse McKinley, The New York Times (New York)
A Leg Up for Utility Apprenticeships and Jobs
Susan Craton, Community College Daily
Verizon Program Encourages Minority Male Youngsters to Pursue STEM Studies
Ya-Marie Sesay, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Higher Ed Task Force Starts Kicking Around Ideas
Kevin Richert, IdahoED News (Idaho)
Opinion: Adult Learners Can Boost R.I. Economy
Kasey Johnson, Providence Journal
College Completion Report 2017
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Certificate and Associate Degree Pathways
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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