Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
February 21, 2018
These Dreamers Are Saving Lives
Parija Kavilanz, CNN
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While the courts have put the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on hold for now, thousands of DACA recipients will become vulnerable to deportation if the court ruling is overturned and new legislation isn't put in place.

For some communities, that would mean the possibility of losing fellow residents who are firefighters, nurses, emergency-care workers, and teachers.
The Best Use of Corporate Tax Cuts Is Investing in Apprenticeship Programs
Robert I. Lerman, MarketWatch
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It will take more than new plants and temporary bonuses to sustain long-term improvements in workers' earnings. The best use of these tax savings is to improve skills, and apprenticeship programs could be a cost-effective way to accomplish this mission.

Collaborating on Completion
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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A group of 100 public universities will work with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities to produce hundreds of thousands of additional degrees while also reducing achievement gaps for underrepresented student groups.

The college completion project is the latest sign of greater urgency among public universities about graduation rates and student success, aided in part by performance-based funding formulas that are on the books in 35 states.

After Amazon, Michigan Needs More Students Educated Beyond High School
Brandy Johnson, Bridge Magazine
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The message from Amazon to Michigan was clear: the state needs to prioritize talent. The Michigan College Access Network is heeding that directive, working with communities across the state to provide educational supports for all students, but especially low-income students, those who are first in their family to go to college, and students of color.
How Tech Companies Can Help Upskill the U.S. Workforce
Kausik Rajgopal and Steve Westly, Harvard Business Review
Financially Independent Students: The 'New Majority' in College
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Bankruptcy Standards Get New Scrutiny
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Free Program Helps Veterans Get College Education
Sue Sterling, The Daily Star-Journal
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