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.
May 25, 2018
Four Principles for a Free Community College Program That Works for All
Sara Garcia, Center for American Progress
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Free community college is an important step to ensure that postsecondary education is available to all students. But as these programs grow and more states consider implementing similar proposals, it is critical that states work with local institutions to craft proposals that are inclusive to all, provide comprehensive aid, and are grounded in equity.
The Unseen Obstacles Facing Undocumented College Students
Emrys Eller, The Hechinger Report
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Undocumented students already have a hard road to get through college. The obstacles are often compounded for students without legal status. They aren’t eligible for federal Pell grants, for example, and the fear of being deported adds another layer of stress.

The Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance is a youth-led organization that helps undocumented youth like Victor Perez prep for college, find scholarships, and reach their higher education goals.

Beyond Office Hours: High-Impact Advising
To a Degree
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Advising has become a critical resource in efforts to improve student success and increase graduation rates among all students and particularly those who are low income, students of color, and first generation. 

In this podcast, guests from The Boston Consulting Group, Georgia State University, Florida State University, and Montgomery County Community College discuss emerging research on the ROI of advising reforms, promising institutional strategies, and where advising is heading. 

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The Future of AI Depends on High School Girls
Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic
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Women make up one-quarter of computer scientists. But in the field of artificial intelligence those numbers are likely much lower.

Stephanie Tena, 16, wants to change those statistics. She's honing her passion with the help of the AI4All organization in California. The group partners with colleges and universities to provide mentorships, summer camps, and other resources to help students who are underrepresented in artificial intelligence and computer science envision a career pathway in those fields.

California Announces 'Record Number' of Active Apprentices
Riia O'Donnell, HR Dive
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As an education beyond high school becomes more essential for economic success, states are beefing up their apprenticeship programs to create opportunities for both workers and employers. California, which has invested $15 million per year for the last three years through its Apprenticeship Initiative program, currently has 900 apprentice and pre-apprentice programs. 

Many of these programs are designed to provide opportunities for women, veterans, and other underserved populations. The California initiative includes offerings for former inmates who are looking for careers in the construction industry, for example. 
The Schools That Are Bringing Poor Kids Into the Middle Class
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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The evidence is clear: A college degree is, in most cases, the key to more money and a more comfortable standard of living. But that pathway to higher earnings is more available to some than others: Many elite colleges do not enroll a lot of low-income students, and as a result they're not boosting very many students from low-income households into the middle and upper classes. 

But there are institutions that have strong track records of improving the socioeconomic fortunes of students. These institutions—from community colleges to public regional four-year colleges like Cal State and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County—are supporting students with resources when they get to campus, preparing them for jobs after college, and building relationships with businesses to ease the process of finding post-graduation employment.

Automation Will Make Lifelong Learning a Necessary Part of Work
Jacques Bughin, Susan Lund, and Eric Hazan, Harvard Business Review
State Making Another Push to Hire Veterans
Dar Danielson, Radio Iowa (Iowa)
Taking Fewer Loans and Lower Amounts
Community College Daily
Blog: Trends in Zero EFC Receipt
Kelchen on Education
New Accreditation Panel on Nonprofit Conversions
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
For-Profit College Probes Fuel Rise in Consumer-Protection Sentiments
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Podcast: How Should Schools Measure Student Success?Lauren Bauer, Anne Wicks, and Adrianna Pita, Brookings Institution
Building Bridges to a Better Life for the Incarcerated
Lesley Bonds, The Bakersfield Californian
Fed Survey: Americans See Brighter Economic Prospects, But Fragility Remains
David Harrison and Paul Kiernan, The Wall Street Journal
Opinion: College Does Help the Poor
Tim Bartik and Brad Hershbein, The New York Times
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