Little College Guidance: 500 High School Students Per Counselor

The New York Times, By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS, DEC. 25, 2014 A steady stream of teenagers fidgeting with forms and their backpacks flowed through the Midwood High Schoolcollege office one day this month, all with lists of questions on their minds. But one of the school’s two college counselors was nowhere to be found. She had…

1st Gen College Student Summit, Registration Open

2015 First Gen College Student Summit: Exploring the 1st Gen Identity March 7, 2014 9:30am – 4:30pm Wellesley College Hosted by: Co-hosts:    Register Here Become a Co-Host Propose a Session Registration opens on December 16th This year’s summit we aim to focus on the following areas: Where to start: Students looking to start a student…

Why First Generation Students Find It Tougher To Earn A College Degree

State Impact, A Reporting Project of NPR Member Stations, BY JOHN O’CONNOR, DECEMBER 8, 2014 Students who are the first in their family to attend college often have a more difficult time finishing their degree. Research shows those students know less about how to get into and pay for college. And first generation college students are less…

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…