Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 4, 2018
Inside the UC System’s New Focus on Transfer Students
Vimal Patel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Universities, especially competitive ones, are striving for more diversity. Community colleges offer a natural place to start. They promise a pathway into the middle class for veterans, single parents, those who need an affordable education, and anyone else who didn’t or couldn’t have the traditional college experience.

California is ramping up efforts to connect with these students. More than a rethinking of admissions policies, California State University campuses are focusing on outreach, recruitment, yield, and student success.

Scaling Up the Swiss Model for Career Training
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other top Trump administration officials on Monday visited a college classroom where students receive paid, on-the-job training, and potential employment later, after just weeks of classroom instruction.

The course at Northern Virginia Community College’s campus is part of Amazon Web Services’ technical apprenticeship program for veterans of the U.S. military, which the college created last year. It’s the sort of hands-on alternative to the traditional four-year degree that DeVos has been pushing for. The program also reflects the best aspects of worker training in Switzerland, according to DeVos, where companies “don’t ask for permission from the government to partner with educators.”

From Foster Care to College
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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Nationally, just 50 percent of foster youth graduate high school by age 18, according to estimates, and 2 to 9 percent obtain a bachelor's degree. Too often young people who've spent time in foster care lack not only the money to apply and pay for college but also the direction from adults to fill out applications, secure financial aid, and choose a school. 

Western Michigan University sophomore Kayla Mayes knows this firsthand. She has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. Thanks to the Seita Scholars Program, however, she is getting the academic, financial, and emotional support she needs to make it to and through college.  

Innovator of the Year: Central New Mexico Community College
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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The digital transformation is upending nearly every facet of higher education. The latest area to turn: diplomas.

A small but growing number of colleges are looking to the blockchain as a way to efficiently (and securely) show verification of student degrees and other credentials. The decentralized, internet-based digital ledger has gained popularity as a medium for transactions of digital currency such as Bitcoin. And it's already being used in fields like logistics and healthcare to track information.

The Higher-Education Legacy of George H.W. Bush
The Chronicle of Higher Education
State Partnering Colleges With Prison
Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Democrat & Gazette
State's Education Attainment Goals Are Ambitious
Sierra Brown, Rock, Wyoming Business Report
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