Teacher Spending & College Advising

Educational Adviser Patrick Wu works with a Cooke Young Scholar

August 23, 2019 – Here’s what we’re reading this week about the issues affecting high-achieving students. Back-to-school stories on school supplies and the advantages to summer vacation are featured in K-12 coverage. Higher ed looks at supporting students through transfer pathways and behavioral nudges.

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High-achieving high school seniors can now apply for the Cooke College Scholarship Program, and the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is accepting applications from community college students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution. Both programs provide up to $40,000 per year, as well as comprehensive educational advising and access to the thriving Cooke Scholar community.


Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • As students across the country head back to school, NPR explains why summer break has some advantages over year-round schooling.
  • “The nation’s K–12 public school teachers shell out, on average, $459 on school supplies for which they are not reimbursed,” reports the Economic Policy Institute. Teachers from high-poverty schools spend more than their colleagues at low-poverty schools.
  • A new APM Reports documentary describes how housing insecurity leads to frequently changing schools and subsequent academic struggles.


Higher Education:

  • “Between 2000 and 2017, room and board costs for students living off campus rose 24 percent at public four-year universities after inflation,” increasing the cost of attendance for many students, finds The Hechinger Report.
  • Inside Higher Ed shares new details about the partnership between Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University that aims to strengthen advising for transfer students pursuing their baccalaureate degrees.
  • Two of the primary barriers to college access for students with financial need are “convincing high-achieving high school seniors to apply for available grant money and persuading those who have been accepted to college to enroll,” states David Kirp in the Los Angeles Times. Low-cost nudges like simplified informational letters and chatbots can provide supplemental guidance.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Davidson Institute for Talent Development announces Cooke Scholar Charlotte Marckx as a 2019 Davidson Fellows Scholarship winner. Charlotte will receive a $50,000 scholarship for her project, The Pursuit of Mastery.
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College shares information about the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application process, which is open to current community college sophomores and recent graduates.
  • Cooke Foundation research on the excellence gap is mentioned in The 74‘s excerpt of Richard Whitmire’s book The B.A. Breakthrough: How Ending Diploma Disparities Can Change the Face of America.


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Photo header: Educational Adviser Patrick Wu works with a Cooke Young Scholar.