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…

MSU Joins Alliance to Help Low-income, 1st-Generation Students

KIM KOZLOWSKI, THE DETROIT NEWS SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 AT 1:00 AM Michigan State University will be among 11 public universities across the nation that will be part of a collaborative effort to ensure that low-income and first-generation college students earn degrees, officials will announce Tuesday in Washington, D.C.The unprecedented effort, to be known as the University Innovation…

Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA SEPT. 2, 2014 The trend away from classes based on reading and listening passively to lectures, and toward a more active role for students, has its most profound effects on black students and those whose parents did not go to college, a new study of college students shows. Active learning raised average test scores more than…

The Opposite of Helicopter Parents

By Jake New, August 13, 2014, Inside Higher Ed As the associate provost of Chaminade University of Honolulu, Curtis Washburn has met many first-generation college students. A small Roman Catholic institution located near the white sands of Waikīkī, Chaminade has a significant population of Polynesian students. More than 400 of the university’s 2,700 students are Native Hawaiian…

White House adviser helps Hispanics boost their chances for college

USC Dornsife alumnus publishes a financial aid guide for students and families. by Michelle Boston, July 23, 2014, USC News Emmanuel Caudillo ’06 vividly remembers the challenges he faced as a first-generation college student. For starters, he found some of the application forms to be daunting, particularly the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines…

Tips for first-generation, low-income college students

By Ray Salazar, July 16, 2014 at 4:28 am, Chicago Now This guest post is by Lynda Lopez, a graduate of the University of Chicago and a Chicago public school. I never expected a student like me to struggle in college. I graduated in the top five percent of my class, had been awarded a Questbridge Scholarship to attend…

Do Higher-Ed Policies Make It Harder for Low-Income College Students to Graduate?

Federal financial-aid programs usually cover only 12 credit hours per semester. That automatically puts students on a five-year graduation path. By Janell Ross, July 9, 2014, National Journal  The golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn’t matched the reality of higher education for a while now. Nearly half…