College planning, affordability, and diversity


August 25, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. College planning, affordability, and diversity were popular topics in media coverage.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • In a commentary for Education Week, Tom Vander Ark outlines how high school advisory systems can prepare students for postsecondary success.
  • The 74 Million describes concerns undocumented students and advocates have regarding school resource officers and immigration enforcement.


Higher Education:

  • “Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago,” reports The New York Times.
  • The University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of 11 colleges and universities, is testing how effective emergency micro-grants are for helping low-income students complete college. Fast Company explains the pilot program.
  • Pacific Standard shares the findings of a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “The average state spent $1,448 (or 16 percent) less per student in 2017 than in 2008” on public higher education.
  • Financial aid letters can be incredibly difficult for students, families, and even college advising professionals to understand, writes Dr. Andrew Moe in The Hechinger Report.

Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Cooke Scholar Sagar Chapagain discusses health care policy in an opinion for USA Today.


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