Policy Changes in Higher Education


September 8, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. In higher ed, major changes to federal policies and guidelines. K-12 coverage focused on issues of equity and segregation.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • The Department of Justice is “letting schools get away with” ignoring the desegregation requirements of Brown v. Board of Education, states The Hechinger Report.
  • In a commentary for Forbes, Andrew B. Raupp explores how technology can be used to close equity gaps.


Higher Education:

  • The Atlantic summarizes research findings demonstrating that “the best schools for helping low-income students become high-income graduates are accepting fewer and fewer kids from poor families.”
  • On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Chronicle of Higher Education shares reactions of both college leaders and DACA recipients.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Cooke Foundation’s advocacy for student socioeconomic diversity at higher education institutions is an influence for institutional changes like those at Boston University, writes Inside Higher Ed.
  • Cooke Scholar Santiago Tobar Potes has been providing his personal story both on-air with CNN’s Poppy Harlow and in an op-ed for Fox News.


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