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.
September 21, 2018
Amarillo College Accepts 'No Excuses' in Pursuing Its Anti-Poverty Mission
Focus Magazine
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Amarillo College is on a mission to help students who often get left behind on their path to higher education. In 2012, the two-year institution in Texas launched a "No Excuses Poverty Initiative" to address the life barriers keeping many low-income students from being successful: child care, health care, food, housing, transportation, and utility payments.

This "culture of caring" is working. Completion rates at Amarillo have tripled. 

Google, Expanding on HBCU Pilot, Launches ‘Tech Exchange’ to Boost Diversity in Industry
Emily Tate, EdSurge
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“Computer science for all” can only be achieved when computer science education is as accessible to traditionally marginalized groups, such as black and Latinx students, as it is for everyone else. That’s the impetus behind Tech Exchange, Google’s latest effort to increase diversity in tech and make its own company look more like its users.
Enriching Higher Education Beyond the Four-Year Degree: The Merits of Flexible Credentialing
The EvoLLLution
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Rather than expect students to fit into the confines of a degree program, postsecondary institutions must become more responsive to learners' needs by offering more granular forms of academic recognition, says Andrea Keener of Barry University.

In this interview, Keener discusses the merits of flexible credentialing for institutions, employers, and learners alike. 
Colorado Mountain College to Fund Dreamers' Tuition Up Front, Collect Fixed Percentage of Post-Grad Income
Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post
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Students at Colorado Mountain College now have the opportunity to earn their degrees without paying a dime upfront with a first-of-its-kind funding model that lets so-called Dreamers wait until they graduate to repay their education through a fixed percentage of their income.

Called Fund Sueños (the Dream Fund), the program is designed to assist undocumented students, including those eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who can't obtain federal financial aid to help pay for a college education.

A Seat at the Table
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Model for Student Success
Kevin P. Reilly, The Chronicle of Higher Education
How Schools Are Revolutionizing Vocational Training
Carolyn R. Wilson, Southwest Virginia Today
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