Despite being one of the fastest-growing minorities in the United States, the Asian American and Pacific Islander population has not been adequately researched or its needs considered in the the higher education agenda, a new report released today says. The Relevance of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the College Completion Agenda, a publication by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, aims to draw attention to this minority group that is expected to reach 40 million by 2050. AAPIs are diverse and include 16 subgroups: Chinese, Japanese, ...


Just what is the Occupy Wall Street thing all about? I found it hard to explain to my kids at the dinner table the other night. It's about people being angry at the system, I said. The financial system. Big corporations. Now, I can expand that to include frustration with and from higher education. The Collective Bargaining Congress and national Council of the American Association of University Professors have issued a statement expressing solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The group criticizes the growing gap between the rich and poor, rising tuition, and job uncertainty. "The dedicated students whom ...


Madena Henderson tells her story of beating the odds in Troy, N.Y., in the documentary "The Haves and the Have Nots".


In the past two decades, the percent increase in credentials awarded at community colleges has been double the percent increase in enrollment, and improved minority student performance is narrowing the achievement gap, a policy brief released Wednesday from the American Association of Community Colleges shows. "The Road Ahead: A Look at Trends in Educational Attainment at Community Colleges" by Christopher M. Mullin, a program director for policy analysis at AACC, is welcome news for a sector that has been stretched with an influx of students, dwindling resources, and perceptions of low graduation rates. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of ...


If states want to get serious about college and career readiness, they need to track student completion of college-level coursework in high school. A policy brief by Jobs for the Future, a national Boston-based nonprofit, advocates better accountability and incentives for schools to prepare students for college success. Most states provide opportunities for high school students to take college courses for credit through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment, but few states have instituted reporting requirements on the progress of students who take advantage of these options, according to What Gets Measured Gets Done: Adding College Completion to K-12 ...


A website—Acceptly.com—launches today to help high school students keep organized and tap into resources needed in the college-search process. The free, online site has sections with information on academics, activities, testing, college choice, applications, and financial aid. There are tip sheets, links to resources, and space for students to input their information. Under activities, for instance, there are suggestions for how to create a brag sheet and start a high school club, as well as links to summer programs and volunteer opportunities. Acceptly also has a feature that allows users to post questions and a college-preparation...


The conventional wisdom is that the hardest transition in college is freshman year—adjusting to a new campus, ramped-up academics, and the social scene. But now, there is a new concern dubbed the "the sophomore slump," and efforts are emerging to keep second-year students engaged and on track. Some research suggests that 20 percent to 25 percent of second-year students experience dissatisfaction or disillusionment, often linked to feeling less support and attention from the school compared with their freshman year, according to Inside Higher Education's piece last week, "Dump the Slump." Some colleges are developing programs especially for sophomores to reignite...


Although Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority group in K-12 schools in the United States, their college-completion rate is 19.2 percent compared with the national average of 41.1 percent, according to a report released today. The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center chronicles the challenge facing Latinos, along with a a state policy guide and interactive website focusing on Latino education developed in collaboration with the National Council of La Raza,a national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. As of 2008, 63.9 percent of Hispanic high school completers enrolled in a two or four-year college immediately ...


Enough already. That's what college officials have to say about federal regulations that require a range of activities, from entrance counseling for financial-aid borrowers to reporting data on campus crime and graduation rates. Nearly 86 percent of senior executives and office administrators say the regulations in the Higher Education Act are "burdensome" or "very burdensome," according to the preliminary findings of the Higher Education Regulations Study released yesterday. The critical findings were based on the opinions of 2,000 college officials captured in an online survey and follow-up interviews. The review was mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of ...


The U.S. Department of Education has announced that 34 colleges and universities will share $13 million in grant money as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program to help improve institutions to better serve low-income students. Funds can be used for planning, faculty development, academic programs, student support services, customized course instruction, construction and maintenance, administrative management, and the establishment of an endowment fund. The program funds grants for five years. The amounts ranged from $160,000 to $400,000, with most schools receiving close to $400,000. Grantees included: Central Alabama Community College, Childersburg, Ala. Mesa Community College, Mesa, ...


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