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.
October 20, 2017
MIT Introduces Digital Diplomas
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is among the first institutions in the United States to use block-chain technology to award digital degree certificates. The technology empowers students to take greater ownership of their academic qualifications, giving them the ability to quickly share their virtual certificates with potential employers without involving an intermediary. 

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez 
Better Together: Embedding Certifications to Support Adult Learners
Michael Prebil, New America
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Adult learners want more out of college than just flexible schedules: they need curricula with strong connections to careers and a clear return on investment.

For institutions serving adult students, delivering high-quality programs that match employers’ needs can mean rethinking both the content of programs and the credentials that graduates take with them. 

NKU Launches Micro-Credential Programs
The Lane Report (Kentucky)
Will California's STEM Pipeline Run Dry?
Hannah Norman, San Francisco Business Times
Innovative Job Training Program Building Skills, Workforce and Hope
Bonnie Stevens, Flagstaff Business News (Arizona)
Amazon Should Look to Talent Hubs for HQ2
Dakota Pawlicki and Jesse O'Connell, Lumina Foundation
Chancellor Thom Reilly Has High Hopes for Nevada Colleges
Natalie Bruzda, Las Vegas Review-Journal
A Little Relief for Student Parents
Community College Daily
Welcome to High School. Now Go to College.
Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
Blog: BOGO - California's Plan for a Year of Free Community College
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Promise Zone Bills Headed to Governor’s Desk
Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio