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.
November 8, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
DACA Has Transformed Young Immigrants' Lives, a New Report Says. Will the Supreme Court Save It?
Nicole Acevedo, NBC News
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A new report says the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program not only provides many long-term economic, educational, and other benefits to the more than 800,000 young immigrants who are working and studying in the United States, but it also has bolstered the nation's workforce and contributed billions of dollars to the economy.

The study, from the Immigration Initiative at Harvard, comes as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments next week in an attempt by the Trump administration to end the program. 

Jamie Merisotis
Let’s Make the FAFSA Required for a High School Diploma to Increase College Enrollment—and More Counselors Wouldn’t Hurt Either
Bob Giannino and Yoon Choi, The Hechinger Report
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The need for young people to receive post-high school learning is more important than ever, as a greater percentage of occupations require some advanced education. 

In an effort to move more students toward college, three states—Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas—have adopted laws requiring students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Others are considering similar measures. 

Jamie Merisotis
Prison: Where Undergrads and Inmates Take Classes Together
Jeff Schatten, Inside Higher Ed
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While many college students rarely leave their campus bubble, more than two million people are behind bars. Many would do anything to have access to a college education to better their opportunities after incarceration. 

This professor at Washington and Lee University argues that we can simultaneously improve the undergraduate learning experience and enhance opportunities for inmates by bringing college classes to prison.

Jamie Merisotis
Women Building Futures Helps Hillsborough Students Build Careers, Support Systems
Divya Kumar, Tampa Bay Times
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One evening last month, 22 women donned pink hard hats and sat at the front of the room at Hillsborough Community College’s South Shore campus.

They had successfully completed the Women Building Futures program, a 15-week course designed to empower women and help them advance to higher-paying roles in the construction industry. 

Automation, Work, and Skills: What Do We Know?
Marcus Casey and Sarah Nzau, Brookings Institution
Blog: Career Preparedness
Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Gamma
Opinion: Do You Want to Get Ahead?
Teresa Lubbers and PJ McGrew, The Herald Bulletin (Indiana)
Colleges Struggle to Adapt to Changing Demographics
Mila Koumpilova, Education Writers Association
Virginia Pledges $1 Billion for Tech Talent Pipeline
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Correctional Education: “America’s Balm of Gilead"
Tracy Andrus, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Opinion: Philly Needs Stronger Workforce Development
Patrick T. Harker, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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