OPINION: The pandemic exposes just how much support college students need

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As school presidents agonize over how to reopen their campuses, student affairs and enrollment management leaders are working feverishly to make their services accessible to all students, wherever they are.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

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In late 2017, a research project led by the Harvard Business School, a workforce organization called Grads of Life and the consulting firm Accenture concluded in a report, “Dismissed by Degrees,” that employers “appear to be closing off their access to the two-thirds of the U.S. They cited research showing that the proportion of job listings requiring a four-year degree increased by more than 10 percentage points from 2007 to 2010. .


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After all the fuss about getting in, how do poor students survive on elite campuses?

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They are struggles that Jack, an assistant professor at Harvard, knows well from his own experience as an undergraduate scholarship student at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he prodded his classmates to understand being dependent on food stamps, before he graduated in 2007. He’s calling on colleges to make specific changes (already, some have started keeping cafeterias open during spring break), and he explains why such changes matter for both access and equity.

From foster care to college

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Western Michigan, a suburban public university with more than 18,000 undergrads, started the Seita Scholars Program after some of its faculty and staff attended a conference in 2007 on the educational challenges facing foster youth. Youth who remain in the child welfare system until age 21 have more time to access federal financial aid and assistance from social workers. DHHS staff work from the Seita office to help students access state grants and to provide other support.

Can ‘work colleges’ in cities become a low-cost, high-value model for the future?

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For in-person instruction, students will go to classes at designated spaces easily accessible from their jobs and provided by the college’s corporate partners. Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn in 2007 and is its longest serving president. Higher Ed News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion poverty Race Solutions

Stop condemning high schools for college graduation rates

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The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 provides resources in the form of financial assistance and services to make college accessible for homeless youth. Andre Perry Columnists Higher Ed community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education affordability Higher education completion Photo: Alison Yin/Hechinger Report.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

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Aimed at curbing dropouts, improving graduation rates and sending more kids to college and other postsecondary programs, the corps is designed to offset a growing achievement gap in this relatively affluent but increasingly diverse state. As of 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, graduation rates among participating schools had risen from 65 percent to nearly 80 percent , while dropout rates declined.

Some experts have a new idea to help students afford college: more federal loans

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Working more than 15 hours a week can lead to worse academic outcomes , including higher dropout rates. Between 2007 and 2016, the share of dependent students whose parents took out these loans increased from 9 percent to 12 percent at public universities. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completionTillman Hall at Clemson University. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images.

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

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The gifted program at Eve opened two years ago as a way to increase access to Buffalo’s disproportionately white, in-demand gifted and talented programs. There are gifted dropouts.