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Cooke Chronicle: Multimillion-dollar Partnership Will Expand Educational Access

Posted by Kate Featherston on May 19, 2017 12:06:22 PM

May 19, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Proposed Trump administration budget cuts to the Education Department are revealed in greater detail; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the College Board announce a multimillion-dollar partnership to make college more accessible for low-income and rural students; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to reveal a new proposal to help parents afford private school tuition for their children.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar News, financial need, college readiness, From the Top, Friday Roundup,, education news, achievement gap, SAT, Education Budget Cuts, College Board, Federal Education Budget, Betsy DeVos, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Cooke Chronicle: Can Top Universities Afford to Admit More Low-Income Students?

Posted by Kate Featherston on May 5, 2017 1:05:01 PM

May 5, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. A report says college costs are unaffordable for many students; top universities are criticized for not using funds from their budget surpluses to admit and provide financial aid to more low-income students; and President Trump’s issues an executive order requiring a review of federal education policies.

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Topics: funding college, low income, financial need, college readiness, college access, Friday Roundup,, education news, higher education

Cooke Chronicle: Increasing Access for Low-Income Students, and New Scholars in the News

Posted by Kate Featherston on Apr 28, 2017 2:37:44 PM

April 28, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. New York City’s mayor proposes free preschool for 3-year-olds;  a report finds low-income college students earn less than more affluent students after graduation; and the Cooke Foundation announces five finalists for the $1 Million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

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Topics: funding college, low income, financial need, college readiness, college access, Friday Roundup,, education news, Cooke Prize, higher education

Cooke Chronicle: Education Legislation, College Readiness and Education Budget Cuts

Posted by Kate Featherston on Apr 14, 2017 3:02:15 PM

April 14, 2017 - Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. The New York State Legislature approves legislation to eliminate public college tuition for many students; college admission practices are criticized as being discriminatory against low-income students; President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Department of Education Budget are called harmful; and states are not embracing school choice proposals in plans they are submitting the Department of Education.

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Topics: funding college, college readiness, college access, college cost, college admissions, alumni, Friday Roundup,, higher education, Harold Levy, achievement gap

Cooke Scholars reflect on Beating the Odds Summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Jul 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Last week, five Cooke Scholars headed to the White House to connect with educational leaders at the Beating the Odds Summit. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Reach Higher initiative, this summit brought together 130 college-bound, high school graduates to participate in panels and discussions designed to prepare them better for their academic journeys.

Current Cooke Scholars Myles McMurchy (Dartmouth College) and Merilin Castillo (Harvard University) helped facilitate one of the summit's sessions with Cooke Foundation staff. Three rising Cooke Scholars—Dawit Gebre, Emily Janis, and Isaac Guerrero who also represented The Opportunity Network—attended the summit's sessions with other recent high school graduates invited to attend.

We asked them to share their reflections and memories of this inspirational event with us.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, students, college readiness, Event, excellence gap

4 Tips for Finding a Mentor and Making the Most of Your Time Together

Posted by Educational Advisers on Mar 12, 2015 11:26:05 AM

1. Why should I have a mentor?

Behind every successful person is a mentor. Usually, it’s several mentors. Mentors provide both professional and personal advice; they are people who we can count on to celebrate our successes and help pick us up when we fall. Sometimes, mentors might feel like another parent or sibling looking out for our best interests. And good mentors will even allow us to make mistakes and then offer support and guidance as we learn from the consequences. Oftentimes, one mentor will lead a mentee to other mentors.

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Topics: Tips, college readiness

9 Tips For Scheduling Your Senior Year of High School

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Feb 18, 2015 3:32:35 PM

Many high schools begin scheduling students’ senior year classes during the winter of their junior year. Since it will be the most important year for your college applications, you should focus on making the best possible schedule.

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Topics: high school seniors, tips for college application, Tips, college readiness

Exploring Dual Enrollment Programs

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 11, 2014 3:43:10 PM

What is "dual enrollment"?

Many of you who read our blog regularly are middle and high school students who have plans to attend to college, hopefully at a top college or university. So it’s likely that you already know about Advanced Placement (AP) courses in which you can earn both high school and college credit.

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Topics: Tips, college readiness

3 Tips for Navigating the Transition to College

Posted by Beth Zielinski on Sep 18, 2014 2:58:00 PM

I'm back with part two of tips to help you with your transition! If you haven’t already seen part one, it can be found here.

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Topics: Tips, college freshman, college readiness, Transfer students

4 Transition Tips for New College Students

Posted by Beth Zielinski on Sep 11, 2014 10:39:00 AM

As the summer draws to a close and you begin your first semester at your new school, there are a few items to consider in addition to your class schedule and moving into your new residence. No matter if your journey starts on the east coast, west coast, or in-between coasts, we have assembled a few universal tips for all new students starting at a four-year institution.

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Topics: Tips, college freshman, college readiness, Transfer students

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