Selectivity versus Equity?



November 10, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles detail concerning trends in elite college admissions, gifted screening, and federal policy changes. Our new research report offers solutions on “Making College Affordable” for students with financial need. 

High-achieving high school seniors should apply now to our College Scholarship Program, which provides up to $40,000 per year, along with opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding. Deadline: November 14, 2017.


Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • John B. King Jr., president and CEO of The Education Trust and former Secretary of Education, writes a commentary for Teen Vogue examining how various new policy changes have affected education.
  • Chalkbeat weighs the criticism surrounding screening in selective public schools, and lists alternatives and improvements for diversity in such programs.


Higher Education:

  • “Indeed, many flagship state universities like Michigan have, despite their public missions, come to operate more like elite private universities, closer in spirit to the Ivy League than the desire for equal opportunity that helped create them,” reports Politico. The article cites Cooke Foundation research on the Excellence Gap in higher education.
  • Boston Public Radio broadcast discusses concerns about social mobility as both admissions standards and demand for higher education increase.
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, explains how the financial aid system fails to offset housing and food insecurity among college students in the Center for American Progress’ Talk Poverty blog.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • College can seem unaffordable or unattainable for many low-income students. Education Week summarizes the findings and recommendations for colleges and universities contained in our latest research report, “Making College Affordable.”
  • Our “Opening Doors” report is cited throughout an article in EdTech Magazine that lists strategies for colleges and universities to better connect with the high-achieving, low-income students applying to and attending their institutions.


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