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.
October 21, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Why Is America So Obsessed With Ivy League Schools?
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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We know that elite colleges aren’t the only pathway to elite careers. Yet many parents will stop at nothing to gain their children admission to these highly selective institutions.

This episode of The Idea File investigates the American fixation on Ivy League colleges that led to the Varsity Blues college-admissions scandal. Reporter Adam Harris also reveals who really suffers from the hysteria of the college-admissions process, with its attendant misconduct as families try to game the system.

Jamie Merisotis
A Look at How Arizona State, Fresno State Are Using Blockchain
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Blockchain technology promises to make it easier for learners to share their academic and professional accomplishments with potential employers and educators. But it's up to academe to implement it—and so far uptake of the emerging technology has been gradual. 

Arizona State University and California State University, Fresno offer insight on their efforts to use blockchain technology, with an eye toward how it can benefit professors and staff and give students the ability to share supplemental information.

Jamie Merisotis
How Rick Singer Pulled Off His Fraud—and Why Colleges Were Complicit
Daniel Golden, The Chronicle Review
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In some ways, Rick Singer was the ideal person to come up with schemes involving bribes to college coaches and others on behalf of wealthy parents who wanted to get their students into top colleges. For most of his career, Singer was a rogue operator. The former independent college counselor worked in an industry that required no professional licenses, and remains unregulated and unlicensed.

But Singer isn’t entirely to blame. Colleges created the conditions for Singer’s schemes to thrive. Some elite institutions have sold admissions slots for decades.

Jamie Merisotis
New Walz Recruit Aims to Expand College in Minnesota Prisons
Stephen Montemayor, The Star Tribune
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As Minnesota's senior Department of Corrections official, Daniel Karpowitz is committed to reshaping the state prison's system into one that provides second chances.

Karpowitz is an academic with a deep legal background. He spent nearly 20 years with the Bard Prison Initiative in New York, a program that connects prisoners to liberal-arts educations and could now become a model for Minnesota. 

Four Personas of Adult Learners
Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed
A Tuition-Free, Purpose-Driven, Coat-and-Tie Trade School
Frederick Hess, American Enterprise Institute
Commentary: The Real Measure of Success
Walter Bumphus, Community College Daily
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