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.
March 28, 2019
Credential Engine Recruits Ed-Tech Partners
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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Credential Engine is working to expand its searchable database of U.S. credentials with a little help from companies and organizations interested in education data.

Ellucian, Credly, BrightHive, DXtera, Powerminds, and Credential Commons have all agreed to partner with Credential Engine to help add new credentials to its growing national directory of degrees, as well as diplomas, digital badges, certificates, and other nondegree credentials.
Jamie Merisotis
Green Bay High School Seniors Build a House
Kati Anderson, WBAY
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Fernando Nunez is proud to say that as a high school senior he has built a house from the ground up. Nunez learned his skills through through the Bridges Construction & Renovation Program. The effort partners with the Green Bay Area Public School District, area community groups, homebuilders, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to give students hands-on experience in an industry facing a critical shortage of workers. 

As part of the program, students work with professional contractors to learn about structural design, building safety, blueprint reading, rough and finish construction, modern design, and home improvements. Students also earn college credit for their work.

Jamie Merisotis
Public Universities Work Hard to Make Up for Budget Cuts. But In-State Students May Be Paying the Price.
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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High-achieving but financially needy students who settle for colleges that won’t challenge them may be the victims of "underrecruiting" by public universities that are too focused on drawing in wealthy students from other states.

That’s the contested conclusion of a report released this week by the Joyce Foundation. The study, led by researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Arizona, finds that public universities trying to make up for cuts in state support are using recruiting practices that are biased against low-income and minority students.

Student Bill of Rights Central to New State Plan for Higher Education
Carly Sitrin, NJ Spotlight
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For the first time in more than 13 years, New Jersey has a plan for improving higher education in the state.

The student-centered vision lays out a "Student Bill of Rights," a set of 10 commitments that officials say should be provided to every student in the state. Those rights include fee-free college-prep programs for high-schoolers, partnerships between colleges and the state to meaningfully reduce higher education costs, and a network of support for students to make sure they graduate.
Q&A: How to Develop ‘Program Architecture’
Mark Lieberman, Inside Digital Learning
Opinion: Faster, Cheaper, Better: It’s the Curriculum, Stupid!
John L. Lahey, New England Journal of Higher Education
College Addressing Food Insecurity on Campus
Justin Dawes, Grand Rapids Business Journal
A Closer Look at HEA Reauthorization
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
DeVos Launches Investigation Into College Admissions Scandal
Michael Stratford and Nicole Gaudiano, Politico
Obfuscating Net Price
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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