Policies that support student success and state goals

September 28, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. This week’s media coverage and new research focus on supporting basic needs and boosting student outcomes.

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High-achieving high school seniors can now apply for the Cooke College Scholarship Program, and the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is accepting applications from community college students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution. Both programs provide up to $40,000 per year, as well as ongoing advising and access to the thriving Cooke Scholar community.


Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Chalkbeat reviews more than 20 studies to report on “how increasing family income or benefits, like food stamps and health insurance, affect children’s outcomes in school in the U.S.”
  • A new study summarized in U.S. News and World Report shows that grade inflation is more likely to occur in schools attended by more affluent students than schools attended by their less affluent peers.


Higher Education:

  • The Common Application acquires Reach Higher to accelerate progress toward the shared goal of inspiring a college-going culture and supporting students’ dreams of achieving a college degree.
  • A new report from CLASP provides state policymakers with a framework to improve supports for low-income, working students enrolled in postsecondary education. On a related topic, the Education Commission of the States advises states to consider moving away from traditional financial aid deadlines, in order to focus awards based on educational attainment goals.
  • The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice releases findings from the first-ever national survey of campus food pantries. The report states that “the most common challenges faced by campus pantries are insufficient funding, food, and volunteers.”


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Patrick Wu, educational adviser at the Cooke Foundation, shares some of his best tips for making goals that “stick” in Advise, the National Honor Society’s magazine for chapter advisers. The full issue of the publication is available to NHS members.
  • A new, national survey of public institutions that serve two-year students, which was funded by the Foundation and conducted by Ithaka S+R and Two Year First Year, finds opportunities for two-year colleges to improve supports for high-achieving students. Read our research brief or coverage in Inside Higher Ed and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
  • Loudoun Now and the Loudoun Times-Mirror report that the Academies of Loudoun’s commons area will be named for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.


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