Families, schools, and states supporting student success

Cooke Scholars prepare to transition to college at our 2017 Scholars Weekend.

August 17, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. This week, research and articles discuss how families, institutions, and states can support the success of students with financial need.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Education reforms that only concern themselves with admission policies and testing standards and ignore basic needs are doomed from the start,” states Andre Perry in The Hechinger Report. Perry’s latest column urges educators to “learn to see [students] beyond the classroom.”
  • The Dallas Morning News examines whether dual enrollment courses are encouraging college enrollment rates for Texas students with financial need.
  • In Illinois, the newly-implemented Accelerated Placement Act requires schools to “have systems in place to identify and advance or accommodate academically gifted children of all ages.” Education Dive reports that this legislation is “part of the statewide effort to close equity gaps.”


Higher Education:

  • Family emotional support is “crucial” to the success of college students with financial need. UVAToday shares new research findings and notes that institutions can provide financial support and improved course advising to further student success.
  • According to the Center for an Urban Future, New York’s Excelsior Scholarship is “serving very few of the students who could benefit the most from free tuition.” Inside Higher Ed‘s Matt Read states that “complicated paperwork requirements, an extraordinarily high credit requirement, and a post-graduation residency requirement” complicate the program’s effectiveness.
  • “Potential students do need more and better information when deciding where to enroll in college, what to study, and how much to borrow,” but living in an education desert limits college choices, explains Matthew Chingos in The New York Times.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Our scholarship applications open soon! Are your students ready to apply? Subscribe to our Counselor Newsletter for resources and reminders.
  • In Forbes, Cooke Scholar Yanelle Cruz Bonilla writes about how community college and guidance from mentors supported her path to Tufts University.


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Header image: Cooke Scholars prepare to transition to college at our 2017 Scholars Weekend.