Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 18, 2018
Embedding Certifications Into Degree Programs
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
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Certifications can pay off in the labor market. But their cost, typically more than $100, often is a barrier for low-income students. 

A new report from New America examines Broward College's successful effort to embed industry certifications into a wide number of degree programs, an approach that could be a model for other colleges to emulate.
Blockchain Arrives on College Campuses
Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report
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Earlier this year, several dozen University of California, Berkeley students folded themselves into gray chairs for a three-hour class on how to think like blockchain entrepreneurs. The evening’s challenge, presented by Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, was to brainstorm how blockchain technology might be used to alleviate the city’s growing homeless problem.

A growing demand for scholarly research on blockchain and professionals with skills in the field is prompting more colleges and universities to add coursework on the technology. 

Fishing for Talent: An Apprenticeship for the Future of Commercial Fishing
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Commercial fishing is an important part of Rhode Island's economy. But the industry desperately needs to attract a new generation of workers. 

A unique apprenticeship program by the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island hopes to provide a solution, offering an entry point for young workers and the real-world experience fishing communities demand.

Colleges Face Pressure to Answer a Basic Question: What Are Students Learning?
Jon Marcus, PBS NewsHour
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The push is coming from policymakers and consumers alike who want to know the return on their investments in college. 

Several efforts are under way to set targets for, and measure, learning. For example, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has devised a Degree Qualifications Profile outlining what students should know at any degree level and in any major.
Soaring College Costs Force New Strategies
Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer 
Free College for All Will Power Our 21st-Century Economy and Empower Our Democracy
Arne Duncan and John Bridgeland, Brookings Institution
First Year of Nevada Scholarship Shows Promise
Natalie Bruzda, Las Vegas Review-Journal
More Low-Income, Hispanic Students Taking AP Classes, Narrowing Disparities
Jaqueline Rabe Thomas and Jake Kara, The CT Mirror
‘Learning to Be Latino’
Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
High School Program Offers Student 'Pre-Apprenticeships' to Start Careers
Maya Jarrell and Tyler Stocks, The Daily Reflector
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