Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 3, 2018
To Pursue Federal Aid or Not
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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The Trump administration in January will begin a new round of deregulation targeting some of the most fundamental rules that govern higher education. The hope, according to officials at the U.S. Department of Education, is that loosening current rules for accreditors can spur new innovation.

Yet as the regulatory overhaul draws near, some operators of alternative postsecondary programs are facing deliberations over whether to pursue federal financial aid if the department loosens current restrictions.

In Limbo, DACA Students Look to Congress Again for Help
Zaidee Stavely, EdSource
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Melody Klingenfuss is a 24-year-old immigrant rights organizer who arrived in the United States from Guatemala as a young child. Klingenfuss also is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary protection from deportation and permission to work for about 700,000 young people who came to the United States as children. 

The fate of DACA has been a topic of frenzied political activity and media attention. Now, the imminent Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives is renewing hope that individuals like Klingenfuss will get some permanent relief from the ongoing threat of deportation. 

Trade Skills Are in High Demand
Kerri Miller and Jeffrey Bissoy, Minnesota Public Radio 
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Minnesota's tech colleges are booming as companies seek employees who are skilled in trades and technical work. Dakota Technical College, which boasts the largest automotive trade program in the state, has seen the demand for soon-to-be graduates exponentially rise over the past few years.

In this interview, Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, reflects on the changing perception of trade and technology education in Minnesota and its emerging role in filling the talent pipeline. 

At the One-Year Mark, Veterans Training Program Is Helping Plug Skills Gap
Jill Jusko, IndustryWeek
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Military veterans and advanced manufacturing seem like a natural fit. Many former service members return to civilian life with technical prowess not easily acquired, while the well-publicized skills gap means that manufacturers are energetically engaged in finding employees with advanced technical skills, or who show an aptitude for developing them.    

For veteran Ryan Clouse, this synergy is translating to a new job. The former U.S. Marine is a newly minted graduate of the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing. 

That type of outcome is what Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup envisioned when they jointly launched the academy slightly more than a year ago. The program aims to give veterans the skills they need to succeed in advanced manufacturing roles, as well as play a part in plugging the skills gap.

The Catalyzing Impact of Blockchain Technology on Higher Education
Christine Shakespeare and James Curry, The EvoLLLution
Helping an Underserved Population
Community College Daily
The Importance of Mentorships in Higher Education
Ronald A. Crutcher and Christopher B. Howard, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
How Faculty Can Help Student Parents Succeed
Larissa M. Mercado-López, Inside Higher Ed
Determined to Break Stereotypes
Mary Reed, Community College Daily
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