STEM Students & Selective Colleges


October 20, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Several articles this week discuss admissions at selective colleges and universities, and K-12 coverage concerns science engagement and the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Many education policy experts speculate that the Department of Education may be preparing to reverse the Obama administration’s school discipline guidelines that Education Week reports were intended to “help to slow the so-called ‘school-to-prison pipeline.’”
  • In The High Flyer, a blog from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Fordham Institute, high school senior Roy Ghosh writes about celebrating science students and creating an online community to share their accomplishments.


Higher Education:

  • In a commentary for NBC, Richard D. Kahlenberg states: “Elite universities offer several excuses for legacy preferences. None ultimately hold up.”
  • The 74 takes a look at how Franklin & Marshall College has expanded its enrollment and support for first-generation students and students from low-income families.
  • Jeffrey Selingo attempts to demystify the admissions process at selective colleges in a column for The Washington Post.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Marissa Lifshen Steinberger, manager of scholarship programs at the Cooke Foundation, is quoted throughout an Inside Higher Ed article about universities allowing applicants to self-report test scores in the application process.


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