New Ideas for Community Colleges & Exam Schools

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July 20, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Admissions equality and integration persist as problems for historically disadvantaged students in public schools. Other popular articles discuss financial aid issues and models for partnerships and tuition-fee programs at community colleges.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • In a Brookings report, Dr. Susan Dynarski suggests a new admissions strategy for New York City’s elite exam schools.
  • “A computerized system that Boston uses to assign students to schools is exacerbating segregation among the city’s schools while locking out many black and Latino students from high-performing ones,” reports The Boston Globe.


Higher Education:

  • Completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stagnated this year, states The Hechinger Report. “Aside from losing out on loans, grants and scholarships that can reduce the cost of a bachelor’s degree, there are bigger implications that come with not completing the FAFSA.”
  • In Inside Higher Education, Ross Gittell and Julie Johnson describe how highly selective institutions can improve regional connections with community colleges.
  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab shares an update on the evolution of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. A related article in Education Dive outlines some of the steps that administrators can consider in response to food and housing insecurity on campus.
  • A new report from The Century Foundation shares best practices for statewide college promise programs.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Dr. Nicole Hurd, CEO and founder of College Advising Corps, speaks with The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Goldie Blumenstyk about the organization’s near-peer advising model. The Cooke Foundation has provided over $12 million to support College Advising Corps since its launch in 2005.


Social Media Spotlight:

Great that our #YoungScholars can have this opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their fields of interest this summer! #JKCF #SeniorSummit #ThriveTogether Repost from @uconnneag Three high school students from across the country are getting hands-on experience of classical and cutting-edge microbiology techniques during a three-week program at UConn. JuHwan, Sarida, and Tiffany are working in the lab of microbiology professor Joerg Graf. They are among 59 students taking part in the Jack Kent Cooke’s Young Scholars program July 7-27, a national scholarship initiative for students in 8th through 12th grade who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities, unique talents, and persistence. #science #teachers #education #summerlearning @thejkcf @uconn

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