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 10, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Who Are the ‘Dreamers?’ In the Fight for Legal Status, DACA-Protected Immigrants Grapple With How They’re Perceived
Steph Solis, MassLive
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Meet Carlos Aguilar. He’s a fan of spoken word poetry. He played soccer in high school.

And he was a young undocumented immigrant, or “Dreamer,” who obtained protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and is now pursuing his doctorate at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“My story is more than education. My story is more than going to Harvard,” the 28-year-old Mexican native said at a recent news conference. “My story is the reflection of my parents’ dreams and my parents’ sacrificios to be here.”

Jamie Merisotis
How a Medical Tech Company Partners With Higher Education to Build Career Ladders
Elizabeth Mann Levesque, Brookings Institution
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Cook Medical is a large, privately held medical technology company headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. Cook Group (the parent company of Cook Medical) employs about 12,000 employees worldwide, many of whom work in the manufacturing of minimally invasive medical devices.

The company’s strategy for addressing the skills gap is largely anchored in partnerships with educational institutions. Another key effort is its "My Cook Pathway,” a program that includes a career and education pathway for adults without a high school diploma or high school equivalency.

Jamie Merisotis
Fixing the Courses Everyone Loves to Hate
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Large introductory college courses are a staple of the undergraduate experience. They funnel thousands of students each year through biology and economics, math and psychology—serving as gateways to dozens of majors. They also are notorious for being tedious, confusing, and even harmful.

The University of Michigan is betting it can change all that.

Jamie Merisotis
Innovator of the Year: ReUp Education
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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It's costly for colleges when students drop out. In the 2010-2011 academic year, roughly 1,700 institutions collectively lost out on $16.5 billion of tuition revenue due to students leaving without a credential. Meanwhile, stopped-out students can end up saddled with debt they must pay off without the economic benefit of a degree. 

Enter ReUp Education, a company founded in 2015 to help colleges reconnect with this long-overlooked population through a mix of automated messaging and human coaches. 

Employers in Maine Are Working the Angles
Laurie Schreiber, Mainebiz
AI and Smart Campuses Are Among Higher Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2020
Adam Stone, EdTech: Focus on Higher Education
A Look at Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islander Students
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Wisconsin Shifts Commitment
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Ascendium Funds New Initiative to Improve Prison Education System
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Completion Rates Rising, Slowly
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
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