Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 18, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Native American Students Feel Invisible. A New SoCal College Hopes to Change That
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, LAist
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Education advocates in California say one of the biggest challenges facing Native American college students is the isolation they feel on campus. Savana Saubel is one of those students. 

With a few exceptions, Saubel didn't have any Native American instructors or classmates in public school or at her community college. Saubel left college after two years, in part because she didn't feel welcomed. 

A new public college founded to serve Native Americans aims to change that mindset. 

Jamie Merisotis
Jobless Rate for Military Spouses Nearly 10 Times Higher Than National Average
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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For many military families, a second income is vital to paying the bills. Yet, military spouses experience a number of labor market challenges due to frequent moves, unpredictable hours, rural base assignments, and deployments.

Sue Hoppin, founder and president of the National Military Spouse Network, says when she first started advocating for military spouses, she was told it 'wasn’t a thing.' That's changed dramatically thanks to Hoppin and her organization. Advocacy organizations devoted to military spouses have grown exponentially—and so has the attention on the employment obstacles they face. 

Jamie Merisotis
Paul Reville: As Higher Education Costs Skyrocket, the Four-Year College Model Is 'Breaking Down'
Zoe Mathews, WGBH
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A new report warns that six-figure tuitions are imminent, as the annual cost of attending several higher education institutions is set to hit $100,000 in coming years.

Paul Reville, former Secretary of Education and a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education where he also runs the Education Redesign Lab, breaks down the forces behind these increased costs on this episode of Boston Public Radio. 

Jamie Merisotis
New Blockchain Effort Will Let Employers Search for Candidates With Proven Skills
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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For students at Central New Mexico Community College, putting academic transcripts on the blockchain may soon replace creating a traditional resume.

The college is part of a new effort called the Learning Credential Network that plans to use the same technology popularized by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to store academic records. Students can send their records without having to ask the college registrar to get involved, while employers will be able to search the system for people with the skills they need.

Survey of Graduates on Value of Credentials
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Working College Students
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
Hard Labor: Employers Face Strained Searches for Workers
David Fredericksen, Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Launch College Prep Workshops
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Education Department Decision Could Imperil Some Programmatic Accreditors
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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