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 3, 2017
In the Era of Microcredentials, Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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To address the disconnect between higher education and the workforce, several colleges and universities are harnessing the power of blockchain technology to better communicate their students’ mastery of knowledge, skills, and abilities to employers, schools, and others. 

Hopeful Signs Amid Skilled Technical Workforce Challenges
Madeline Patton, Community College Daily
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Connecticut is going full force to develop a more skilled workforce—and that includes investing millions of dollars in seven advanced manufacturing facilities at two-year college campuses. 
Building Learning-Based Credentialing Systems
Connecting Credentials
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Five newly released reports from Connecting Credentials offer insights on achieving a learner-centered credentialing system. The reports and their recommendations for action are the result of work by more than 100 leaders in credentialing policy and practice. 
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When Internships Don't Pay, Some Colleges Will
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
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Internships have become a necessary credential in today's highly competitive job market. But for students thinking of careers in nonprofits or public service, paid opportunities are scarce. Employers often can't afford a stipend, and many students can't afford to work for free.

In response, some colleges are using their own funds to subsidize internships at organizations that have a mission of social change or innovation. 

Crafting a Future
Matt Parke, Working Nation
OC Advising Methods Improve Student Persistence
Ruth Campbell, Odessa American
15K Michigan 'Dreamers' Wary of Trump Changes
Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News
House GOP Plan Would Affect Tax Breaks for Higher Education
Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal
Views: What Makes College More Affordable?
Sandy Baum, Urban Institute
Californians and Higher Education
Public Policy Institute of California
The Global Gender Gap Report 2017
World Economic Forum
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