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.
February 1, 2018
On Blockchain, Money and Empathy: EdSurge Talks Trends and 2018 Predictions
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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What are the edtech trends to watch this year, and what are the key takeaways from 2017? A group of EdSurge reporters and editors recently asked readers—and shared a few of their own thoughts—during an EdSurge Live online forum.
BMW Doubles Down on Tech Apprentice Program
Anna B. Mitchell, Greenville News
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BMW's plant in Greer, South Carolina, plans to double the size of its apprentice mechanic program—dubbed BMW Scholars—and is adding a fourth technical college to its stable of academic partners.

Once admitted into the German automaker's program, students attend a range of electrical engineering and mechanical classes Monday through Thursday at an area tech college. They then work 10-hour shifts on Friday and Saturday at the BMW plant. Most important, the program holds the strong possibility of direct-hire contracts for its graduates.

Putting Learners First: The Future of Microcredentialing
Kathleen Radionoff and Mark Leuba, The EvoLLLution
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With an ability to provide industry-specific skills and training, microcredentials offer a promising field for collaboration between academic institutions and employers.

State of the Union Address Omitted Key Concerns in Education, Experts Note
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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While President Trump’s Tuesday night State of the Union address touched on tax reform, the economy, national defense and the president’s four-pillar policy proposal on immigration, higher education scholars and policy experts noted that there was little mention of higher education policy beyond an appeal for an investment in workforce development through the opening of vocational schools.
Helping Students See the Connections
Laura L. Behling, Inside Higher Ed
Essay: Learning From Prison
Damian Zurro, Inside Higher Ed
Trump Reveals Plan for Compromise on Immigration in State of the Union Speech
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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