Starbucks will pay tuition for many employees to finish college

Originally published June 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM | Page modified June 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM By Ángel González Seattle Times business reporter Starbucks, which already provides its legions of U.S. baristas with retirement benefits and company stock, is throwing in yet another uncommon perk in the service industry: a paid ride for the last…

College For Free: Tulsa’s Radical Idea

By CORY TURNER and CLAUDIO SANCHEZ (NPR ED) June 11, 2014 3:37 AM ET The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don’t need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work….

Former White House Intern Joins Becky’s Fund

Posted on June 3, 2014 on BeckysFund.org, by Najaah Daniels  My name is Najaah Daniels and I am a survivor of domestic violence. Before my adoption in 2006, I grew up in the South Bronx with my biological parents. My mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, had two addictions: heroine and my father. My father manipulated his use of…

Who Gets to Graduate?

By Paul Tough, May 15, 2014, New York Times Magazine. For as long as she could remember, Vanessa Brewer had her mind set on going to college. The image of herself as a college student appealed to her — independent, intelligent, a young woman full of potential — but it was more than that; it…

For Minorities’ Educational Needs, Funding Lags Far Behind Effort

By Lovell A. Jones, May 5, 2014, Diverse Issues, •  No one can change the past, but we have the power to change the future if we set our minds to it. Today more than 90 percent of the nation’s population growth is from people of color. Yet we are failing to address the educational needs of…

From Red Storm To The White House (Inaugural FirstGEN Fellow Najaah Daniels)

By Livia Paula, Staff Writer, April 30, 2014, The Torch •  When St. John’s junior Najaah Daniels was working at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Easter Sunday, she met a 10-year-old boy who said he wanted to be a politician when he grows up. She was surprised; while politics and politicians are usually…

End College Legacy Preferences

By Evan J. Mandery, The Opinion Pages, Op-Ed Contributor, April 24, 2014, New York Times •  SOMEONE reading about the Supreme Court’s decision upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action — and by extension similar measures passed by voters in California, Texas, Florida and Washington — might develop the misimpression that affirmative action is on the wane. In fact,…

Are College Degrees Inherited?

By Ronald Brownstein | The Atlantic | Parents’ experiences with education strongly influence what their children do after high school. Nothing is more American than the belief in second chances. But the latest College Board/National JournalNext America Poll suggests that the choices young people make as they complete high school echo with surprising power throughout their…

Peers Providing Support to Vulnerable First-generation Students

by Geri Coleman Tucker | Diverse: Issues In Higher Education | First-generation college students are getting help to succeed on campus from an unlikely source: one another. A growing number of colleges and universities are accelerating efforts to identify, recruit, retain, graduate and track the professional success of students who are the first in their…

Success Stories: Najaah Daniels

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, November 8, 2013 • “I’ll go after any opportunity that I think can help me grow.” Such is the simple but effective philosophy of Najaah Daniels ’15C, a St. John’s University rhetoric and public address major who was one of only two students nationwide selected to participate in…