Equitable schools, affordable college, and successful transfer students

Cooke Young Scholars explore the Johns Hopkins University campus as part of the Foundation's 2016 Welcome Weekend event.

January 18, 2019 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Our new report highlights how community college transfer students succeed at elite institutions. College affordability and educational equity are other popular topics this week.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Providing equitable opportunities for developing young people’s social, emotional, and academic growth requires calibrating to each student’s and school’s individual strengths and needs—ensuring that those with greater needs have access to greater resources,” states The Aspen Institute. Its latest report makes recommendations for supporting students.
  • Education Week outlines considerations for school districts to work towards integrated schools.


Higher Education:

  • Noting that students from families in the highest income quartile borrow more than students from families in the lowest income quartile, The Manhattan Institute states that “efforts to assess college affordability that ignore long-run returns and focus exclusively on short-run costs paint an incomplete picture of the value delivered to students.”
  • A focus on economic development was key to implementing tuition-free community college in Tennessee, reports Politico.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education shares a promising model for increasing diversity in graduate-level programs from the City University of New York Graduate Center.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Foundation’s latest research report, “Persistence“, finds that community college transfer students who transfer to selective four-year institutions are more likely to graduate than their peers who enrolled directly from high school.
  • The Atlantic and Inside Higher Ed explain findings from the “Persistence” research. Cooke Scholars Marcela Rodrugues and Luis Rosales speak about how the findings fit with their transfer experiences in U.S. News & World Report and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, respectively. Additional coverage of the report can be read in Politico and Education Dive.
  • The Politic, Yale University’s undergraduate journal of politics and culture, cites our “Opening Doors” research in an article focused on elite institutions and affordability.
  • Milford Daily News reports that a special anniversary performance of From The Top will feature Tony Tymer, a 2006 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. The live performance on February 3 will be recorded to air in March.


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Photo header: Cooke Young Scholars explore the Johns Hopkins University campus as part of the Foundation’s 2016 Welcome Weekend event.