Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 29, 2017
OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool
Mike Silagadze, EdSurge
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Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators and administrators to wonder if it would ever live up to its expectations. Those days are over: 2017 was OER’s breakthrough year. 
California Should Do More to Support “Non-Traditional” Low-Income Students
Abigail K. Bates, Campaign for College Opportunity
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Economic hardship keeps many people from going to and completing college. Returning students and part-time students in particular face unique challenges in shouldering the costs of college on their own. Supporting non-traditional learners with resources to earn a degree can pave the way for a brighter future for them, their families, and the local economy.

This Will Go on Your Permanent Record! How Blockchains Can Transform Colleges in a Networked World
Richard DeMillo, The EvoLLLution
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Given the demands of employers and the evolving needs of students, one area of postsecondary education ripe for disruption is the transcript—and Blockchains could emerge as a viable replacement.

As Congress Delays Vote on DACA, Coachella Valley Youth Vow to Keep Fighting for Solution
Rebecca Plevin, The Desert Sun
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Nearly four months after the Trump administration announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congress has yet to vote on a permanent solution for the undocumented youth who received authorization to work and study through the program. That vote won't happen until at least January.

Finding themselves in limbo and uncertain about their future, so-called Dreamers in the Coachella Valley and across the nation are turning their despair into action.
Texas Lagging Badly in Educating Workforce
Chris Tomlinson, Houston Chronicle
Businesses in Mississippi Need Educated Workforce
Ko Bragg, The Jackson Free Press
Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College—Again
Douglas Belkin, The Wall Street Journal
State to Bring Coding Program to Prison
Alex Brown, Inside INdiana Business (Indiana)
Lake Michigan College Works to Boost Enrollment
Ralph Heibutski, The Herald-Palladium 
Teacher Shortages Linger in Many States
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
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