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.
June 15, 2018
California Needs System to Track Students as They Move From School to the Workforce, Report Says
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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The fragmentation of California's education data systems makes it nearly impossible to assess how well students are progressing from high school, to and through college, and into the workforce. 

To identify and help close persistent opportunity and outcomes gaps, a new report says the state should establish a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) that links the databases and prioritizes transparency, student privacy, and the public good.

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat
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Even when tuition is free, attending college can be expensive. Many students need to cover the cost of housing, food and family care in addition to their educational expenses. Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? Educators, employers, researchers, and others weigh in.

Commentary: Congress Needs to Lift Restrictions on Collecting College Student Data
Alison Griffin and James Kvaal, The Washington Post
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In the past month, nearly 3 million students graduating from college this year walked across the stage to collect a diploma and a handshake. But millions more students lacked some of the data that might help guide them through one of the most important investment of their lives.

In large part, students don't have information on things like graduation rates or graduate earnings because federal law imposes severe restrictions on the U.S. Department of Education's ability to collect student-level information. This needs to change if we want to help students make smarter, more strategic choices for educational and economic success.
University of Chicago Becomes First Elite College to Make SAT, ACT Optional for Applicants
Aamer Madhani, USA Today
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The University of Chicago announced Thursday that it will no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores.

The first top-ranked college to institute a test-optional policy, along with increased financial aid and programming resources, the move aims to help more students pursue higher education regardless of background, geographic location, or ability to pay.

Imagining A Blockchain University
Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
Program Found to Boost Low-Income College Enrollment
Sara Hoover, The Philadelphia Tribune
Which Local ZIP Codes Wield the Most Brainpower?
G. Scott Thomas, Buffalo Business First (New York)
Opinion: Financial Games Colleges Play
Kevin Carey, The Wall Street Journal
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