The challenges of getting to and through college


March 30, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. When college students with financial need avoid undermatching or becoming part of a growing graduation gap, the sudden change in socioeconomic change can be jarring. Food insecurity and gifted identification are the focus of K-12 coverage.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Students from low-income families and students who are black or Latino are much less likely to be identified as gifted than more-affluent students and white or Asian students,” states The Columbus Dispatch.
  • Chalkbeat explains new research about the correlation between student achievement and the timing of food stamps.


Higher Education:

  • “For the first time, students in more than half of all U.S. states are paying more in tuition to attend public colleges or universities than the government contributes,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Another new study summarized by Inside Higher Ed finds that increases in tuition can decrease student diversity at public colleges.
  • “Low-income students who are the first generation in their families to go to college now represent about 15 percent of top college enrollments,” states The Hechinger Report. After graduation, however, many “low-income first gens experience familiar economic, social, and cultural barriers when they get to the workplace.”
  • Talented students from low-income backgrounds often “undermatch” rather than apply or attend the more prestigious institutions for which they qualify. The Washington Post chronicles how community-based organizations like Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) guide these high-achievers.
  • In The New York Times, David Leonhardt writes about the growing graduation gap between low-income students and their wealthier peers.


Cooke Chronicle Highlights:

  • How should students with disciplinary issues communicate infractions on their college applications? Educational Adviser Evan Reed provides tips on his personal blog, Read’s Corner.
  • Jeremy Davis, a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, performs “Land” by Takatsugu Muramatsu on From the Top. Two other recipients of the Young Artist Award, Irineo Cabreros and Anthony Trionfo, are featured in news from the American Statistical Association and the Kaufman Music Center, respectively.


Social Media Spotlight:


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