Higher education completion

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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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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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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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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On Mother’s Day, skip the flowers and invest in mothers – Education Article

Elsie Mae Boyd worked as a domestic worker, cleaning white people’s houses, through the 1950s and ’60s in Pittsburgh. When I was born in 1970, my biological mother struggled to take care of me so Elsie — the woman I call Mom — informally adopted my older brother and me, with my younger brother joining us a few years later. Mom only had an eighth-grade education, so to make money, she and her daughter Mary “watched,” aka took in or…

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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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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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America’s colleges struggle to define diversity on campus – Education Article

Angel Carter, a senior at Tulane University, leads the Green Wave Ambassadors, the tour guide group for the admissions office. Adelaide Basco NEW ORLEANS —“Diversity” was top of mind when Angel Carter was applying to schools. Raised in an African-American enclave in Atlanta, she said, “I would have loved to go to an HBCU,” the acronym for historically black colleges and universities. But college should stretch you, she felt, so Carter chose Tulane, where the student body is 75 percent…

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State tries to narrow racial disparities in Minnesota college graduation rates – Education Article

Adley Nyakora, a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato, plays Operation, while Cornelius Bright, Elijah Calderon-Pitchford, Aburrahman Guantai, and Jordan Headley look on. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report MANKATO, Minn. — Adley Nyakora, 18, bends over the body of a bloated man in polka-dot boxers, examining a bucket lodged in the patient’s knee. He picks up a medical instrument and slowly lowers it, his brow furrowed in concentration. His friends, who hover over him, hold their breath. Nykora aims…

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Goal of getting more Americans through college is way behind schedule – Education Article

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at Macomb County Community College July 14, 2009 in Warren, Michigan. Obama set a goal of increasing the proportion of the population with degrees and certificates, and returning the nation to first in the world in this measure by next year. A decade later, progress has been slow. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images When then-President Barack Obama stood before a friendly and enthusiastic crowd at Macomb Community College, near Detroit, 10 years ago this year, the…

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