Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
Decenber 14, 2017
Photo: Meredith Kolodner
The Community College “Segregation Machine”
Meredith Kolodner, Brad Racino, and Brandon Questor, The Hechinger Report and inewsource San Diego
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Hundreds of thousands of community college students are placed in remedial classes every year, and few get past them, especially African-American and Latino students. 

New Research Shows Latinos Closing the Racial Gap on College Degrees, But Still Lagging Far Behind Whites
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report
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More Latino students are enrolling in four-year colleges and universities than ever before. But what happens to these students after they arrive on campus? Do they leave with a degree?
‘Too Much, Too Fast’?
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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The Republican-led Congress's early attempt at rewriting the federal Higher Education Act would give a boost to competency-based education, short-term certificates and alternative providers, but some experts worry about the bill’s lack of safeguards.

Indiana Gives Credential Engine a Boost
Ken Sauer and Stephen Crawford, New America
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Last week, leaders from business, labor, and higher education celebrated the public launch of Credential Engine’s Credential Registry. A web-based system for finding and comparing education and training credentials, the Credential Registry stands to transform how learners choose their educational pathway, and how employers choose the right hire. 
More College Students in California Are Eligible for Help Getting Enough to Eat
Grace Hwang Lynch, PRI
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Food insecurity is a growing challenge on college campuses. Like many universities, UC Berkeley operates an on-campus food pantry stocked with cereal, pasta, and canned soups. The university also holds clinics to help students learn about healthy eating and get help with the process of applying for CalFresh, California's food assistance program for low-income residents.

These Factory Workers Get Paid to Go to School
Kimberly Mas, Vox
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Building up a new workforce with the technical proficiency demanded is no small feat, but there may be a solution in an old idea: apprenticeships. 
Shaping the Future Workforce – Dennis Dio Parker
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
Higher Ed Commission to Detail Credential Partnership
Alex Brown, Inside INdiana Business
Credly Adopts New Credentialing Language
Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Saint Anselm College Eliminates Application Fee for First-Generation Students
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Design Is Key in College 'Promise' Programs
Laura Perna, Edward J. Smith, and Elaine W. Leigh, Associated Press
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