Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 19, 2018
Learning for Life and Work
New England Board of Higher Education
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A new report outlines 18 recommendations to increase the career readiness, employability and successful work transitions of graduates of New England colleges and universities. The study also features exemplars of initiatives that are working, including the Credential Engine and its work through the Credential Registry to collect every postsecondary credential for comparison by students and employers.
Housing Crisis Grows for Thousands of California Students
Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
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Rising real estate costs and limited options on campus have thousands of University of California students on a frantic search for places to live. UC System leaders are working to counter the residential student crisis by awarding additional funds to help students secure reliable housing and food options and with plans to construct 14,000 beds over the next two years across campuses. 

Fueling an Industry
AACC 21st Century Center
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The oil and gas industry is in need of more skilled employees, and community colleges are training these future workers with free summer intensive programs, hands-on experiences, and partnerships with area employers.

Oakland Initiative Shows Early Success in Breaking Down Barriers to College
Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle
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Without the benefit of family members who have higher education experience, first-generation students often become overwhelmed as they try to navigate college applications, financial aid, and the enrollment process. 

A "cradle to career" plan developed by the Oakland College Promise Initiative and its "Future Centers" offers a resolution with college savings accounts, mentors, and the kind of support first-generation and other students need to believe they can become college graduates. 
Women and Their Employers Can Both Work to Combat Gender Wage Gaps
Peter Balonon-Rosen and Lizzie O'Leary, Marketplace
Opinion: Amazon HQ2 Fever? Make It for STEM Education in Pittsburgh
Quincy Kofi Swatson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
How Millennials Today Compare With Their Grandparents 50 Years Ago
Richard Fry, Ruth Igielnik, and Eileen Patten, Pew Research Center
Opinion: It's Hard to Be Hungry on Spring Break
Anthony Abraham Jack, The New York Times
AT&T Works With Local High School Students to Help Develop Job Skills
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson, St. Louis Public Radio
The Reinvention of City Colleges of Chicago
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
COS Isn't Interested in Educating Inmates, But California Is
Sheyanne N Romero and Calley Cederlof, Visalia Times-Delta
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