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 11, 2017
Here's What 2 Big College Systems Think of the End of DACA
Claudio Sanchez, NPR
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Last week, following President Trump's announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an avalanche of criticism from the higher education community has occurrred in news releases, in emails to reporters, and on social media. From community colleges to some of the country's most selective institutions, higher ed leaders are defiant. 

Podcast: What Are MOOCs?
Inside Higher Ed
Stephanie Blackmon, assistant professor of higher education at the College of William & Mary, discusses whether MOOCs can have a positive effect on higher education.
When Employment Is the Goal, Should 'Student Success' Include Dropouts?
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
Associate Dean Kim Griffis wants to see every student at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Community & Technical College complete his or her program, whether that’s a certificate or an associate’s degree. She’s believes it’s a good, if not necessary, safety net for students who leave their program for a job but may end up unemployed later on.

However, a full degree isn’t always what students need to achieve their goals. “In some cases, and especially in technical fields, it’s about a skill set,” she says. 
Why America Needs More College Graduates ASAP
Derek Bok, The Boston Globe
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Why are colleges unable to graduate more students? One reason, writes Derek Bok, is that most of the additional young people who would need to earn degrees are poorly prepared for college and hard to teach successfully. Another difficulty is that the community colleges and regional universities that will educate the vast majority of these students have lost almost 20 percent of their state support since 2008.

Applying the Yardstick, Department by Department
Michael Anft, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Eastern Scholar House to Bring Hope to Single Parents
Kaitlyn Skovran, The Richmond Register (Kentucky)
Pell Grant Award to Rise, But Program Reserves Remain in Jeopardy
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
Editorial: Frank Assessments
The Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Fixing the Skills Gap Isn't as Hard as You Think
Claire Bushey, Crain's Chicago Business (Illinois)