April 17, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, best known for its scholarship programs for low-income gifted students in high school and college, has entered into the policy realm by beating the drum on an important issue—closing the excellence gap. Gifted-education expert Jonathan Plucker and his coauthors grade states on how they educate an oft-forgotten class of learners: high-performing, low-income students.
By Jeffrey McGee and Harold Levy
April 11, 2015
Much has been made of the growing need for skilled workers in Virginia. There’s no doubt that Virginia’s next generation workforce will measure up. Our concern is, will it be innovative?
It’s been a busy two weeks at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. On March 31 we released a report on closing the excellence gap titled Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students. On Tuesday, we were delighted to announce that the inaugural Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence was awarded to Vassar College in New York.
To recap the numerous publications who wrote about the State Report Card and new Cooke Prize, check out the following news hits from the past week.
Average annual tuition for private, nonprofit colleges is a staggering $32,000 -- leaving many students, particularly those from lower-income households, saddled with debt. Fortunately, some schools are focusing their efforts on making attending college less of a financial burden and more accessible.
This week the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the Cooke Prize for Equity in Education Excellence, a $1 million award recognizing colleges supporting high-performing students with financial need. This year's recipient is Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Topics: excellence gap
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation gives inaugural prize to New York institution, saying Vassar has more than doubled financial aid budget and grown in diversity
LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces an inaugural $1 million award to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, for its success in attracting and graduating low-income students. The Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence is the largest award in the nation recognizing a college making strides in enrolling low-income students and supporting them to successful graduation.
Topics: Media Release