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 8, 2018
How Silicon Valley Schools Are Trying to Boost Lower-Income Students Into High-Tech Jobs
Joanne Jacobs, The Hechinger Report
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The kids who grow up in Silicon Valley’s Latino neighborhoods, the children of groundskeepers, janitors, cooks, and construction workers, rarely get a shot at high-paying, high-tech jobs. Just 4.7 percent of the Valley’s tech professionals are Latino and 2.2 percent are African-American, according to 2015 data from the American Community Survey. By contrast, 57 percent are foreign born, with many coming from India and China.

Some school districts in California, in partnership with various nonprofits and employers, are creating internships, contests, and engineering coursework to give teens from the area's majority-Latino high schools an entree to high-tech career opportunities. 

Facebook Community College
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Facebook is partnering with community colleges to share curriculum for digital advertising and media training, skills that a growing number of small business owners say they lack. 

The partnerships involve Facebook providing its curriculum to colleges and educational providers, and in some cases scholarships for students to attend those programs.
"Grease the Gears" for First-Generation Students: An Interview With Daniel Porterfield
Robert Pondiscio, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
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Last month, Dan Porterfield presided over his final commencement as president of Franklin & Marshall College before leaving the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, school he had led since 2011 to become president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. 

In this interview, Porterfield reflects on the lessons learned from his work to improve college access and graduation rates for first- generation college-goers and his plans to continue those efforts moving forward.
Campus Child Care Critical in Raising Single Mothers’ Graduation Rates
Pearl Stewart, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Just 8 percent of single mothers who enroll in college graduate with an associate or bachelor's degree within six years, compared to 49 percent of women students who are not mothers.

Access to campus child care is a key factor in determining the success of single mothers in postsecondary education, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR).  

Recent analysis of institutional data from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, for example, finds that student parents who used the school's campus child care center had more than triple the on-time graduation rate of student parents who did not access the facility. 

Fixing America’s Crisis of Work
Steven Malanga, Howard Husock, Kristin Kearns-Jordan, and John Widlund, City Journal
Commentary: Protecting the Dreams of Immigrant Students
Marvin Krislov, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Private Colleges Give Ground on Student Data
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
National Survey Finds Expanding Number of College Programs for Foster Youth
Jeremy Loudenback, The Chronicle of Social Change
A Hand Up From Foster Care
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report/The New York Times
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