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 22, 2018
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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The American Council on Education, with support from Lumina Foundation, is teaming up with the digital credential provider Credly to help people put a value on skills learned outside college courses.

Innovative Residency Program Takes on Colorado’s Teacher Shortage
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Colorado has absorbed more than 1 million new residents since 2000, as people flock to the state for jobs and the scenic beauty. Teachers, however, are in short supply.

The Boettcher Teacher Residency is helping stem the state’s decrease in its K-12 educational workforce by creating a faster pathway for Coloradans and transplants to enter the profession. The residency is an opportunity for teachers to get their initial license after just one year of classroom experience training with a mentor teacher.

The Urgent Plea of an Undocumented Trustee
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Jorge Reyes Salinas reflects on his role as a student trustee for the California State University system, his hopes as a so-called Dreamer, and why he feels an added urgency to prove to policy makers that students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, are worth protecting.

Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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A new survey shows graduates from Achieving the Dream colleges report higher percentages of financial and community well-being compared to other community college alumni.

The Rise of ‘Outsider Education’
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
The Rise of the Jumbo Student Loan
Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal
Departures at Gates Foundation Stir Speculation About Its Plans for Higher Ed
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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