July 2015 Archives

If you are looking for our latest coverage of this topic, please follow the High School & Beyond blog, which looks at the forces that shape adolescents' pathways to college and career.


A summer workshop for hundreds of recent high school graduates in the District of Columbia emphasizes the shifting mindset needed to be resilient and successful in college.


With 60 more colleges participating in The Common Application for 2015-16, students can now use the system to apply to more than 600 institutions, some of which will not require an essay for the first time this year.


The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators releases a FAFSA Simplification report that creates three tiers of forms, depending on the complexity of a family's finances.


School counselors urge high school students to reflect on their summer job, volunteer, and travel experience as they make career and college plans.


A new report on college readiness shows that even when African-American students take the recommended core classes in high school most do not meet the minimum ACT scores to indicate they are on track to succeed in college.


First lady Michelle Obama invited 130 students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to encourage them to find ways to complete college.


A coalition of nearly 50 organizations submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education urging that information on colleges facing government litigation be included in upcoming federal college tool.


A new survey conducted for Achieve shows that most college instructors and employers believe students come to campus and the workplace with at least some gaps in preparation.


ACT test performance remains flat for low-income students, with just 11 percent meeting all four college-readiness benchmarks, compared to 26 percent of the overall test-taking pool.


The American Council of Education analyzed policies at 338 college and universities and found that one-third still consider race as a factor in admissions.


The Oregon Promise was signed into law granting free community college tuition for high school graduates with a 2.5 GPA


Veteran reporter Catherine Gewertz debuts her new blog, High School & Beyond, this week, which focuses on policies that shape adolescents preparation for college and career.


Granite Valley Middle School in Monson, Mass., entered into a partnership with four nearby colleges to build connections between the 5-8th grade students and the campuses.


A new list of 736 best-value colleges is based on measures that reflect student earnings, affordability, and educational quality.


The Gates Foundation issues a policy paper calling on the federal government to simply the FAFSA by making it shorter and starting the process earlier.


An analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows the amount of money a college student's parents make can correlate with what that person studies.


New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds students are increasingly moving across state lines and switching colleges before they earn a bachelor's degree.


ACT reports that 55 percent of American Indian students fail to meet the college readiness benchmark in any of the four subject areas.


The first National Student Financial Wellness Study shows most students are borrowing for college and one-third say money pressures are affecting their studies.


Ninety incoming seniors from Central Falls High School in Providence received early acceptances to a nearby college and application fee waivers—provided they stay on track through high school graduation.


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