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.
January 3, 2018
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'Dreamer' Nelly Gonzalez, College Student and DACA Recipient, Lives in Limbo
Justin Mattingly, Richmond Times-Dispatch
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When President Donald Trump announced his intentions to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Nelly Gonzalez was on the front lines of protests in Richmond.

Gonzalez is entering her final semester at John Tyler Community College before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University, her dream school. Her future, however, is filled with uncertainty. 

Modern Apprenticeships Offer Path to Career—and College
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
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In Colorado, there’s a nascent effort to use apprenticeships to give high schoolers work experience, and to do so in high-wage, high-demand career fields. At the end of the apprenticeships, which last three years, students have on-the-job experience, a useful credential in hand, and one year of college credit. They also earn about $30,000 in wages over the duration of the program.
How to Market a College in a Troubled Locale
Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Things are looking up for Detroit—and for Detroit Mercy and nearby Wayne State University. The two largest universities have increased their once-sagging enrollments, even as the number of high-school graduates in Michigan continues to drop.

Both institutions relied on a suite of efforts to step up their recruitment game, lower barriers to entry for students, and shift perceptions of their location from an albatross to an asset.  
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Only Half of Latino College Students Graduate. What Are Texas Schools Doing to Help?
Eva-Marie Ayala, The Dallas Morning News
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More Latinos are going to college, but only about half of them earn a bachelor’s degree. Students can get tripped up on their way to earning degrees for many reasons: Money for classes runs out. A required math course is too hard. A car breaks down. Or immigration issues make it harder to access financial aid.

In response, some Texas colleges and universities are amping up advising methods to be more personal and building small family-like communities on campus to help first-generation students find a sense of belonging and support.

‘Career Ready’ Out of High School? Why the Nation Needs to Let Go of That Myth
Anthony P. Carnevale, Andrew R. Hanson, and Megan Fasules, Associated Press
Extraction Industries, Health Care Top Jobs in State, Report Says
Charles Ashby, The Daily Sentinel (Colorado)
UAPB Aids Teacher Recruitment
Aziza Musa, Arkansas Online
Opinion: Celebrate Collaborations to Help Ohers
Mike Flores, San Antonio Express-News
Study: Counseling Boosts Completion Rates
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Program Will Allow Students to Attend College for Free
Joan Tupponce, Virginia
Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
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