Understanding Financial Aid & Encouraging Inventors


January 26, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. School budgets and exposure to inventors are discussed in K-12 communities. Issues surrounding financial aid receive coverage in higher ed.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Since underrepresented groups are likely to have fewer interactions with inventors through their families and neighborhoods, differences in exposure play a large role in these disparities,” state researchers Alexander Bell, John Van Reenen, Raj Chetty, and Xavier Jaravel in The Conversation.
  • Jack Schneider, Assistant Professor of Education at the College of the Holy Cross, writes about why equal funding for public schools does not ensure equal outcomes in a piece for The Atlantic.


Higher Education:

  • The lack of a standard template for financial award letters makes calculating the price of college incredibly perplexing for students and their families, states The Washington Post’s Jeff Selingo.
  • CLASP provides recommendations for ensuring college affordability in a renewed version of the Higher Education Act (HEA).


Cooke Chronicle:

  • The Aspen Institute shares updates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP), which was started through funding from the Cooke Foundation’s Community College Transfer Initiative.


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