Early College, Nudges, and Family Income

Cooke Scholars network at the Foundation's 2017 Scholars Weekend.

June 7, 2019 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Read about how various interventions can affect college choice and success for high-achieving students with financial need.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • In Education Week, Anthony P. Carnevale summarizes findings from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce: “What is most striking is that the most talented young people from the least affluent families don’t do as well in college and careers as the least talented young people from the most affluent families.”
  • Early college high schools have proven effective at getting their students into and through college. MarketWatch explores this phenomenon, touching on aspects such as scheduling structure and student ambitions.


Higher Education:

  • A new analysis from the National College Access Network (NCAN) determines that only approximately half of community colleges and a quarter of public four-year institutions are affordable for students with financial need.
  • Over the past 20 years, increased numbers of students from low-income and minority backgrounds have enrolled in college. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)’s Rosa M. García speaks to The University Network (TUN) about how selective institutions can improve admissions practices to better serve underrepresented populations. A related article from Inside Higher Ed notes that college students from the lowest socioeconomic quintile are more likely to initially pursue an associate’s degree than a bachelor’s degree.
  • Do informational “nudges” help high-achieving students with financial need avoid undermatching? Only sometimes, reports Chalkbeat.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Cooke Foundation research on community college transfer student success is cited in The 74‘s profile of Dan Porterfield and a commentary from Tidewater Community College Interim President Gregory DeCinque in The Virginian-Pilot.
  • “Having lived in Arizona and mostly in rural, underserved communities, I saw there’s a shortage of general practitioners. I wanted to become part of those who will adjust this issue,” says Cooke Graduate Scholar Alex Buranday in the Nogales International. “I’m passionate about serving my community, through family medicine and pediatrics.”
  • Cooke Foundation Educational Adviser Rachel Ensing was a panelist at the plenary session for College Board’s Native American Student Advocacy Institute conference. Ensing discussed her contributions to the organization’s Indigenous College Planning Guidebook.
  • Meet 2019 Cooke Transfers Scholars Krystal Robledo (Chicago Sun-Times) and Brian Zamora (The San Fernando Valley Sun). Krystal and Brian are among 61 community college students who received this year’s Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which provides each recipient with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete their bachelor’s degree.


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Photo header: Cooke Scholars network at the Foundation’s 2017 Scholars Weekend.