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 6, 2017
How Online Graduate Programs Offer Degrees at Significant Savings
Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour
It's graduation day at Georgia Institute of Technology, and students Vanessa Anderson and Miguel Morales are earning their computer science master’s degree from a top 10 program in the country. But it’s the first time they have ever visited the campus. They did 100 percent of their coursework online—and at a fraction of the cost of an on-campus degree. 
Photo: Stephen Smith
Shackled Legacy: History Shows Slavery Helped Build Many U.S. Colleges and Universities
Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis, APM Reports
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Profits from slavery and related industries helped fund some of the most prestigious schools in the Northeast, including Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and Yale. And in many southern states—including the University of Virginia—enslaved people built college campuses and served faculty and students.

Dozens of American colleges and universities are now investigating their historic ties to the slave trade and debating how to atone.

California Colleges Undaunted by Trump's Decision to Phase Out DACA
Carolyn Jones, EdSource
Education leaders say undocumented immigrant students will remain welcome at California colleges and universities, regardless of President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to roll back legal protections for “DREAMers.” 

“Our doors will be wide open for all eligible undocumented students. They are welcome and wanted,” says Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley. “And we will continue to offer state financial aid to those who are eligible.”
America Needs DREAMers to Fuel the 21st Century Economy
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
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President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program places 800,000 young people whose parents brought them into the United States in jeopardy of deportation.

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis describes how creating paths to permanent residency is the right thing to do to help people who otherwise would suffer harm through no fault of their own.

Photo: Shari L. Gross
A Job After Prison: Advocates Make the Case for an Under-Used Workforce
Neal St. Anthony, The Star Tribune
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Davis Powell has gone from being a penniless inmate in a Minnesota state prison four years ago to a $14-an-hour employee, plus benefits and ample overtime, a shared apartment, a car and a future.

Powell also represents an untapped national workforce of millions of formerly incarcerated people.

Preparing the Workers of Today for the Labor Needs of Tomorrow
This episode of The Takeaway focuses on the state of the American economy, future labor needs, and how traditional systems of education are preparing workers to access those jobs.
What Major Universities Had to Say About Trump’s Move to Roll Back DACA
Liam Adams and Sam Hoisington, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Forever GI Bill: A Beginning Not an End
Karen Gross, The EvoLLLution
Mizzou Signs Pact to Cover Tuition for Low-Income Students
Claudette Riley, Springfield News-Leader
Blog: Lessons From Four States On Equitable FAFSA Completion
Courtney Argenti, National College Access Network
Closing the College Graduation Gap
National College Access Network