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.
November 13, 2018
As DACA Nears the Supreme Court, Colleges Add Services
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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Efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have been met with strong opposition from many higher education advocates, with some colleges creating or expanding services to help affected students navigate uncertain futures and succeed on campus.

The University of Utah, for example, launched its Dream Center to provide individualized mentoring and to increase awareness of the policies affecting DACA students. Georgetown University, Harvard University, and San Diego State University are among other colleges providing similar supports.

Two New Documentaries Showcase a Long and Winding Road to College
Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report
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The challenging college admissions journeys faced by three public high school seniors from Brooklyn provide a dramatic story line in a new documentary called "Personal Statement."  The stories featured starkly illustrate the fragile support system that low-income students in public schools with few resources encounter, every step of the way, as they navigate getting into college and paying for it. 

And the obstacles don’t stop after high school. “Unlikely,” another new documentary related to college attainment, stems from the experience of Jaye Fenderson, a former admissions officer at Columbia University who became concerned by what she saw as the exclusionary nature of her Ivy League alma mater.

Constructing a Career: HBI Turns Soldiers Into Skilled Trades Workers
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Before he enlisted in the U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. John Pomelow's dream was to one day build his own home. He's now getting a shot to fulfill that goal.

Home Builders Institute is using the power of its partnership with The Home Depot Foundation to address a shortage of trades workers. HBI is breaking new ground in workforce development by training servicemen and women for civilian construction careers.

Meet the New Mega-University
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Spend a little time inside the sprawling former textile mill that houses the key business and academic arms of Southern New Hampshire University’s online college, and one thing becomes abundantly clear: This is an enterprise built to grow.

Southern New Hampshire isn’t just refashioning itself into an institution that’s bigger in size and broader in scope. It is also becoming one of the first of a new breed of nonprofit "mega-universities" now beginning to transform the higher-education landscape.

Employers Want Liberal Arts Grads
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
Blockchain Diplomas Land in Virginia at ECPI
Jacob Demmitt, Roanoke Times
Commentary: Enough With All the Innovation
John Patrick Leary, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: PLA, Dual Enrollment, and Transfer
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Equity Considerations for Policymakers and Researchers
Tiffany Jones and LaToya Owens, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Blog: Acceleration and Access
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Blog: Learning About Los Angeles Students' Pathways to College
Carrie Miller, Bridging Research and Practice
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