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.
September 9, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Trump Began Dismantling DACA Two Years Ago This Week. Meet Two Undocumented College Students
Rebecca Plevin, Palm Springs Desert Sun
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Zeke, a 23-year-old College of the Desert student, prefers to be busy.

He spends the school day immersed in advanced math and science courses. After school, he plans upcoming meetings for the school’s Biology Club. He says that staying up late to study organic chemistry is easier than focusing on something more personal: his immigration status.

As an undocumented student who is not protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Zeke knows he could swiftly lose everything he has accomplished since arriving in California in late 2013.

He just tries not to think about it.

Jamie Merisotis
Chatting With Chatbots
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
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More and more colleges are deploying virtual assistants or chatbots to communicate with students on all aspects of college life, creating a virtual "one-stop-shop" for student queries.

Colleges initially were using this technology only in specific areas, such as financial aid, IT services, or the library. Now, institutions are looking to deploy chatbots with much broader capability. For the companies that make this computer software that conducts text or voice-based conversations, this changing usage on campus marks a significant shift.

Jamie Merisotis
National Program Introduces College to Service Members
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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To help military service members prepare for the transition into college, Cornell University recently hosted a week-long academic boot camp as part of a nationwide initiative.

The program, Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP), offers free college preparatory classes to current and retired enlisted service members. It gives military members the opportunity to gain some college experience, skills, and mentorships before enrolling in a higher education institution.

Jamie Merisotis
Kansas Is Blurring the Lines Between Classroom and Workplace
Stephan Bisaha, KMUW
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The classroom and workplace have traditionally been kept separate. But a redesign that’s been going on for four years in Kansas could blend the two in ways aimed to help both students and employers.

Employers are now a common sight in school hallways. Mechanics show seventh graders how to diagnose a Jeep in the school parking lot. Eighth graders visit boiler factories. Schools hope to benefit from field-earned expertise. Businesses get a head start on recruiting.

Work-based learning in Kansas is still limited—usually by money and the need for volunteers. But state-led interest is leading to new partnerships.

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Aleksandra Appleton, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Commentary: Why Education Credentialing Needs Greater Transparency
Jane Swift and Scott Cheney, RealClearPolitics
GHC Launches New Initiative for Student Success
Donna Harris, The Daily Tribune News
Washington Watch: Act Now to Support Dreamers
Jim Hermes, Community College Daily
The Challenges of an Aging Higher Ed Workforce
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
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