Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
March 20, 2018
Women at Work: 'Pre-Apprenticeships' Boost Female Construction Workers
Teresa Wiltz, Stateline
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Sandra Alvarez has overcome homelessness, an abusive relationship, jail, and addiction, Now, at 38, Alvarez is looking forward to a better future and a new career: She wants to work in construction. A state-funded "pre-apprenticeship" program in California will put her on that path with training, industry contacts, and the skills to land a good-paying union job.

FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future
Cade Metz, The New York Times
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The FedEx distribution hub in Kernersville, North Carolina, has always been at the forefront of automation. Now robots have been added to the mix. Human workers are still needed, and education and training will help them remain relevant. 
Online, Cheap—and Elite
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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An analysis of the Georgia Institute of Technology's MOOC-inspired online master's degree in computer science suggests that elite institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale. But will other institutions follow suit?
In Oregon, One College Tries to Make a Home for 'Dreamers'
Thacher Schmid, Los Angeles Times
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As the debate over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program continues on, one college in Oregon is providing some solace and answers. Portland Community College's new DREAM Center serves as a safe space for undocumented students, offering legal services, academic/career advising, help with initial DACA applications and renewal applications, and more. 

Opinion: This Is How We Educate California's Workers
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, The Sacramento Bee
In This March Madness Bracket, Georgia State Wins for Closing Gaps
Maureen Downey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fulfilling the Promise of a Postsecondary Education
Rosa Garcìa, The Center for Law and Social Policy 
Should College Education Be Free?
The Wall Street Journal
Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
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