May 22: Education News We're Reading This Week


May 22, 2015Here are the best articles from education news this week.

“On an elite campus, income inequality can be in your face” writes Laura Pappano in The New York Times. A few campus groups at institutions such as Princeton and Yale, however, seek to unite and empower their low-income students who face unique and difficult circumstances.

Does Pearson’s social media monitoring for cheating go too far? In an age of constant communication, the debate over privacy and tracking continues.

Last fall’s analysis of Pell Grant data showed a large spike in improper payments, says an article in Inside Higher Ed, leading the White House to approve a second examination. They found that the spike was erroneous.

Kevin Carey reports on the “slowly disappearing in-state tuition,” making note that the number of out-of-state and out-of-country students dominate enrollment at elite universities. With more tuition money fueling these schools, there are fewer spots for local applicants.

Steven Mintz gives his take on the dramatically changing higher ed landscape, using MOOCs as his point of entry. He tackles demography, completion rates and increasing tuition in this new piece.

Caralee Adams mentions the Cooke Foundation’s February convening in this piece on diversity at the nation’s elite high schools.

The Philadelphia Tribune highlighted the Cooke Foundation’s $500,000 grant, a portion of which when to Carver High School for Engineering and Science.

Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold Levy wrote an op-ed for the Las Vegas Review-Journal simply titled “Low-income, high-ability students need more support.” He also gave his take on the excellence gap in Minnesota for the Duluth News Tribune.

The Riverside Community College District shared this update on former Transfer Scholar Anthony Lombardo, who recently received a Graduate Scholarship from the Cooke Foundation.

Finally, keep abreast of the most recent news on our new Undergraduate Transfer Scholars: