College Counseling & Gifted Learners


January 5, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. College counseling and support for profoundly gifted students were top discussion topics.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • NPR’s 1A discusses profoundly gifted learners with experts including Jonathan Plucker, the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of our “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities” report.
  • “Childhood poverty remains a persistent and daunting problem in the United States,” writes Brookings. “Thankfully, we have evidence that we can begin to reverse this by investing in early childhood programs.”
  • In School Administrator, William Mathis and Kevin Welner of the National Education Policy Center detail concerns on segregation and school choice.


Higher Education:

  • A brief research summary from Inside Higher Ed shares new evidence on how counseling shifts enrollment choices and boosts completion rates for college-seeking students with financial need.
  • When selecting a college, avoiding avoiding an undermatching choice “plays a much more critical role than many students and parents consider,” explains Jeffrey Selingo in The Washington Post.
  • Experts assess the future of federal higher education policy, through examining historical funding trends in The Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to analyzing the Trump administration’s stated goals in Politico.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Executive Director Harold Levy’s role in the establishment of the Bard High School Early College in New York City is mentioned in an opinion piece from The Hechinger Report on how such programs can increase college graduation rates.
  • Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Semifinalists continue to receive local media coverage in outlets including The Post Bulletin and GRCC Today.
  • From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award is accepting applications until January 8, 2018. The award provides musicians ages 8-18 with up to $10,000 and an appearance on the popular NPR show.


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