Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 26, 2018
How Well Does Your Public University Treat Black Students? New Effort Assigns Grades, State by State
Andy Tsubasa Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Black public-university students in two states with the highest percentage of African-American residents are among the most disadvantaged nationwide, according to a new report that grades both public universities and states on how well they attract and graduate black students. 

The study, from the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, offers several recommendations to achieve equity for black undergraduates, Among them: more investments by state legislators and public postsecondary system executives into programs that specifically prepare black students for college admission and success.

Apprenticeships on the Rise at New York Tech and Finance Firms
Kate King, The Wall Street Journal
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Apprenticeships have long been associated with manufacturing and construction jobs. But some New York City tech and finance companies are starting to use apprenticeships as a way to train new hires and diversify their workforces.
Need Help Paying for College? There's an App for That
Cory Turner, NPR
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The rush begins at midnight on Oct. 1.

That's when first-time and returning college students can get their first look at the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Anyone who wants the government's help paying for college has to finish the notoriously complicated form. But this year, in an effort to make it easier, the U.S. Department of Education has given the FAFSA a new look: a smartphone application.
Why This Military Shipbuilder Is Investing in Local Schools
Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report
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Two Mississippi high schools and a school in Mobile, Alabama, have something new to boast about: a state-of-the-art welding and machinery lab with equipment and gear hand-picked by Mississippi-based military shipbuilder, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). 

The labs are the latest efforts by HII to invest in local schools and help build the qualified workforce it will need to meet an anticipated increase in hiring. 

Google Curriculum, College Credit
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Ready to Work in Aerospace—in 12 Weeks
Laura Daniali, Community College Daily
Editorial: Closing Skills Gap Requires Creativity
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Texting Program Aims to Help Unified Students Get to College
Caitlin Sievers, The Journal Times (Wisconsin)
Free College Goes Mainstream
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Higher Education Panel Argues College Is Worth the Investment, Despite Risks
Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Opening Doors for Young Parents
Annie E. Casey Foundation
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