Higher Ed

Making elite colleges white again – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. A federal court ruled last week in Students for Fair Admissions vs Harvard that Harvard University can continue considering race in its admissions processes. Among the many different attributes the Ivy League university looks for in a potential student, such as academic potential, extracurricular activities, community service, maturity, ethical decision-making…

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Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) set to lose $100 million – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. Hispanic-serving institutions are rapidly growing in number, but the federal aid available to them is shrinking almost as fast. A section of the Higher Education Act has reserved $100 million annually in competitive grants for HSIs to increase the number of Latino students with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering…

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Is it time to focus on national college access instead of free college? – Education Article

  There’s a national conversation about “free” college taking place in statehouses and dining rooms across America. There are many students who want to attend college, but costs get in the way. Currently, only 47 percent of U.S. adults aged 24 to 64 have a college degree. Michigan lags a bit further behind at 45 percent. By comparison, 57 percent of our neighbors in Canada and 51 percent of adults in Japan have a college degree, according to the National Center…

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Virtual counseling services try to increase number of rural college students – Education Article

Cayanne Korder, 18, studies in the Red Wing High library before heading to a local hospital for an internship. Korder, due to graduate this month, credits the virtual advising program College Possible for helping her get accepted to Emory University on a full scholarship. Steve Friess for The Hechinger Report RED WING, Minn. — Cayanne Korder long believed college would be her ticket out of this rural factory town of about 16,000 people. As far back as middle school, she…

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International education programs in an age of isolation – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times’s education supplement, Learning. ‘Developing relationships across seas’ In the United States, men who take particular care of their physical appearance are widely considered to be less masculine. Noa Fay, 18, thought that was a standard belief. But in a gender studies course through the Global Online Academy, or GOA, Noa heard from classmates in Kenya, Hong Kong, England, India and South…

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Is this minority group too small to have a voice on campus? – – Education Article

  Getty Images Can members of the ethnic minority that comprises the largest Asian-American group in Wisconsin feel truly included on the state’s flagship campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? Perhaps. But participants in our study, “Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub,” say they do not feel that way yet. Our study documents some of the ways that the historical processes of colonization and displacement are reproduced in the United States, specifically through the education system. On the surface, the…

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A sharp rise of Latinx in higher education— but support for them is lagging – Education Article

Hsiulien Perez, a senior at IU Northwest, jots down notes in Hawthorn Hall just before heading to an afternoon class. Aaron Cantú, for The Hechinger Report GARY, Ind. — The first time Hsiulien Perez attended Indiana University Northwest, in the early 1990s, she had just graduated from high school and given birth to her first child. Her mother, an immigrant from Taiwan, and her father, from Mexico, hadn’t gone to college and couldn’t offer any guidance for navigating day-to-day campus…

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Daughters in STEM — This is how we can get girls into science – Education Article

  A few nights ago, I took my 7-year-old daughter out for dinner at our favorite Mediterranean restaurant. After examining the menu, we decided to order a whole sea bass to split among us. It’s become something of a tradition to order an entire fish when we go to this restaurant. It’s not just because we love seafood (and we do). It’s because I love watching my daughter turn dinner into an experiment. She’ll dissect the fish, examine its bones…

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Despite being recruited, older students in college are often left to struggle – Education Article

A day-care center at Portland State University. Twenty-two percent of the students at the university are parents — half of them raising kids alone. Photo: Ariane Kunze for The Hechinger Report PORTLAND, Ore. — Under gray skies, smiling 8- and 9-year-olds in shiny raincoats skip across the Portland State University campus. Infants and toddlers are napping in the student center. These aren’t necessarily child prodigies. They belong to students who have come to college later in their lives than traditional…

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A Game of College | The Hechinger Report – Education Article

A Game of College | The Hechinger Report Can you get into college, finish a bachelor’s degree and avoid taking on too much debt? Play along and find out. Click/Tap to Continue Reporting by Delece Smith-Barrow, Felicia Mello and Jon Marcus. Illustrations by Josh Kramer. Design and development by John Osborn D’Agostino. Graduate debt-free? It’s your junior year of high school, and you want to go to college. You’ve heard your salary can be a lot higher if you…

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If colleges want a diverse campus they need to amend admissions policies – Education Article

For those who seek higher education, access to a college is no longer an insurmountable problem. With more than 5,000 colleges and universities dotted across the United States, and the availability of online and distance learning, more students can find their way into a college classroom than ever before. Yet close inspection reveals that there is a big assumption in our everyday thinking about higher education that is riddled with faults: the idea that individuals choose the colleges they attend.…

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Students need a boost in wealth more than a boost in SAT scores – Education Article

Standardized tests that are used for the purposes of college admissions don’t predict for college success very well. Scores on the widely used SAT and ACT predict adequately only for grades earned in a student’s first year in college. And those scores are worse predictors for black and brown students. On the other hand, scores from the SAT and ACT tests are good proxies for the amount of wealth students are born into. Income tracks with test performance. The more…

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U.S. colleges shut out international students with restrictive financial aid – Education Article

  Top U.S. colleges pride themselves on building global communities. Admissions officers travel the world to tout the diverse international perspectives on campus; college brochures enumerate the countries that students hail from. But restrictive financial-aid policies at U.S. colleges shut out very large numbers of international applicants. I got my first inside look at international admissions when I took a job helping talented Ukrainian students from poor families apply to U.S. colleges. The nonprofit I joined worked with some of…

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Sometimes the lofty promises of tuition free college are too good to be true – Education Article

Students at San Diego City College in California. That state has begun a free-tuition program for community college students, but it’s limited to students who attend full time, are ineligible for other kinds of financial aid and have not previously enrolled in college. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi It seemed that everywhere he turned, Samuel Tretjakov heard about the idea of free tuition to college. His friends discussed it. Presidential candidates kept calling for it. And politicians in his home state of…

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Just 13 percent of child care assistance goes to student parents – Education Article

Tiffany McNitt, right, leans in to interact with the pig puppet her daughter Alexis, 2, is showing her. At the time this photo was made, McNitt and her children were on a waiting list to receive Early Head Start services in Kansas. Lillian Mongeau/The Hechinger Report If you live in Vermont or Tennessee and have young children, you might want to consider pursuing a new degree or additional training. Student parents in these states are just as likely to receive…

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Debt forgiveness programs in Michigan to help college students in debt – Education Article

From Left to Right: Russell Kavalhuna, president of Henry Ford College, Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Oakland University, M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University, Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber and Brandy Johnson, advisor, Office of the Governor – Michigan announce a new initiative to remove college debts at gathering hosted by the Lumina Foundation in Detroit Michigan on April 30, 2019. Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report Many of us have been there. We didn’t pay a…

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