College Admissions & School Funding

Cooke Scholars at Michelle Obama event

December 21, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles explain both challenges and promising signs in college admissions. Also, read recaps of the year in K-12 coverage.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “By and large, the question of whether money matters [on student outcomes] is essentially settled,” states C. Kirabo Jackson, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Chalkbeat summarizes Dr. Jackson’s recent research review.
  • Education Week wraps up 2018 with a look at 10 of the year’s most noteworthy charts and data visualizations. In similar spirit, The 74 reflects on seven major headlines in K-12 education.


Higher Education:

  • “Since a public effort called the American Talent Initiative was launched two years ago, 96 schools have increased enrollment of low-income students by 7,291 students, a 3.5% gain,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
  • The Atlantic describes how popular narratives about “miracle students” and escapable poverty tend to discourage policy changes and instead, end up creating additional disadvantages in the admissions process.
  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses her research on basic needs insecurity on community college campuses on the In the Know with ACCT podcast.
  • The National Student Clearinghouse reports on increases in the overall national six-year completion rate.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Meet the 82 recipients of the 2018 Cooke Graduate Scholarship and International Award! These Cooke Scholars have just completed the first semester of their graduate programs and we can’t wait to see what they will accomplish next.
  • Listen to Jiaxun “Caroline” Yao, a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, perform the cello on From the Top.
  • Additional coverage of our Cooke Graduate Scholars and International Award recipients can be found in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and from Louisiana State University.


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Photo header: Cooke Scholars attend one of Michelle Obama’s book tour events together. From left: Michael Sutton, María Valentina De Abreu, Eleni Bell‎, Mardochee Dade, and Mili Carabba.