Student Enrichment Services Director Plans for New Role

The Daily Northwestern, Tyler Pager, Breaking News Editor, November 24, 2014  Kourtney Cockrell spent years helping to bridge the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students in Evanston schools. Now, she is bringing that experience to Northwestern to help support low-income and first-generation students. Cockrell is the first director of Student Enrichment Services, a new office created this academic year. Cockrell, who…

How Much Do Neighborhoods Influence Future Earnings?

The Wall Street Journal, By NICK TIMIRAOS, 8:45 am ET, Nov 28, 2014 The potential impact on lifetime earnings between growing up in a well-to-do neighborhood and a poor neighborhood is potentially larger than the difference between the earnings of the average college and high school graduate, according to a new study on social mobility. The study by…

La Salle University Program Hones In on SAT Underperformers

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, November 10, 2014, Diverse Usually when you hear about colleges wanting to know about a student’s SAT scores, it’s because they want students with scores that are relatively good. In his capacity as director of the Academic Discovery Program at La Salle University, Bob Miedel deliberately seeks out students with SAT scores that are…

Students encouraged to apply to college, while in class

By Nick Anderson November 9, 2014, Washington Post On an ordinary day, Lourdes Hernandez and her D.C. classmates in Advanced Placement English literature would have devoted these 85 minutes to analyzing “Wuthering Heights.” But they set aside Emily Bronte’s 19th-century novel one morning last week at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, instead spending precious class…

Affordable Health Care Would Spare Immigrant Women Crises Like Mine

By Genesis Garfio, Moms Rising.org, September 30, 2014 Here is an overlooked fact. Despite the increased access to affordable health care provided by Obamacare, immigrant women continue to face multiple hurdles accessing even basic health care services. Some of these obstacles existed before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and some were added  after, but all…

Why are black college grads more likely to owe student loans?

Stephanie Wang, stephanie.wang@indystar.com, Indy Star 2:04 p.m. EDT September 26, 2014 Even as all students increasingly take out student loans to pay for college, debt disproportionately burdens black college graduates, according to the Gallup-Purdue Index. It’s a “borrowing gap” between black and white graduates that has persisted for decades and negatively affects quality of life after college, the…

First-Gen Students Exchange Ideas with Deans

By ZARA ZHANG, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER September 26, 2014 Students who are the first to go to college in their families shared their experiences with fellow students and administrators in a community conversation Thursday, exchanging ideas on how the College can better help “first-gen” students navigate challenges they might face at Harvard. The event was organized by…

A Tale of Two Cities: First-Generation College Grad Hired as 1st Grade Teacher

By: NY1 News, 09/24/2014 11:00 PM As part of our Tale of Two Cities special series, we follow up with a Brooklyn College graduate we profiled in May who overcame many odds to get her diploma. As NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez fond out, her success has continued. Since her walk at the Brooklyn College commencement in May,…

UC Riverside Looks to Boost Graduation Rates

BY DAVID OLSON / STAFF WRITER, The Press Enterprise, Published: Sept. 18, 2014 Updated: Sept. 19, 2014 8:13 a.m. UC Riverside and 10 other large public research universities are launching an $11 million effort to increase graduation rates among low-income students and those whose parents did not attend college. Studies show that such students obtain degrees at…