April 1: Education News We're Reading This Week


April 1, 2016—Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Read about the trouble with the admissions process and how school and community programs seek to make college advising more accessible.

Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Some large school districts employ more security officers than counselors. Read the original analysis from The 74 Million and the Cooke Foundation’s take on how this affects college advising for low-income students.

  • The San Antonio Express-News (paywall) announces a collaboration among 16 school districts, a community college system, local government and universities, and the business community. Local leaders hope to provide information for college and career planning throughout the entire education process.


Higher Education:

  • The Washington Post finds that freshman admitted through the early-decision process make up 40 percent or more of the student body at 37 colleges and universities. Low-income students are less likely to take advantage of this admissions option, as students must be able to “pledge to attend just one [institution], without fear of cost.”

  • Now that students accepted through the regular admissions process are receiving financial aid offers, The Hechinger Report encourages low-income and first-generation students to negotiate their tuition prices before accepting.

  • Although the Cooke Foundation recognizes selective colleges and universities have the best outcomes for high-achieving students with financial need, a popular column this week from FiveThirtyEight notes that the media’s coverage of admissions and college affordability largely overlooks the needs of low-income and nontraditional students.

  • “Building a class” and the “obsession” with finding well-rounded students are just some of the factors The Atlantic says are complicating the admission process.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • “I went from a defendant in that courtroom to an intern in that courtroom.” Hear Cooke Scholar Angel Sanchez share his turnaround story on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry.

  • Nicole Hurd, founder of the College Advising Corps, discusses college access gaps on the Charlie Rose Show.

  • There are less than two weeks remaining for 7th grade students to submit applications for our Young Scholars Program! Learn more about this pre-college advising and scholarship program at jkcf.org/ysp.

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