February 27, 2015: Education News We're Reading This Week


February 27, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.

Examine the new data on state-by-state student completion from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Inside Higher Ed reports that 1/3 of community college students transferred at least once in their pursuit of a degree.

The Wall Street Journal also weighs in, pointing out that 13 percent of all college students graduate from a school that is different than where they started.

How do low-income students and Pell Grant recipients fare at the nation’s 25 richest colleges? Take a look at this interactive chart from The Chronicle of Higher Education, which outlines what schools can and do provide for their neediest students.

The Hechinger Report writes about why higher education experts continue to criticize Obama’s free community college outline, following a barrage of responses since its announcement in early January.

News from the National Center for Education Statistics that U.S. high schools are churning out an 81 percent graduation rate caused a positive stir, but Education Week wonders if the data—which has only been recorded since 2010—is a bit misleading.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, or NASFAA, published this announcement about the Lumina Foundation’s new short film titled “Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid.” You can watch the 14-minute video here, which is the third in a three-part mini-documentary series.

Inside Higher Ed: “Spending your teenage years in a single-parent family puts you at a larger educational disadvantage today than it did 40 years ago, claims a new study.”

The Cooke Foundation is included on MainStreet’s list of nine unique grants and scholarships. Ciara Larkin mentions the value of each Cooke scholarship and quotes former Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Isa Adney.

California Young Scholar Amy Fabian, and the foundation, are mentioned in this piece from the Orange County Register.

Emory University’s #CountOnMe project—as part of 2015 Islamic Awareness Month—profiled 2012 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar and political science major Kadiata Sy.