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Cooke Chronicle: Jan. 13, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 13, 2017 4:14:58 PM

Jan. 13, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. The Trump administration’s transition was a popular topic, along with improvements to college access.

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Topics: college access, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Honoring Vassar's model of Higher Ed Equity under President Cappy Hill

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 20, 2016 12:05:29 PM

During her time as president of Vassar College, Catharine "Cappy" Hill led the institution into becoming a more socioeconomically diverse campus.

"Vassar is one of a relatively small number of selective higher education institutions that have proven that income-driven educational inequality does not have to stay with us," writes Executive Director Harold O. Levy in a commemorative issue of Vassar's alumni magazine.

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Topics: college access, excellence gap, Cooke Prize

The New York Times Features Cooke Prize Honoree's Accomplishments

Posted by Amber Styles on May 16, 2016 11:54:38 AM

In his Sunday column for The New York Times, Frank Bruni describes the efforts towards diversity that earned Amherst College the foundation's Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college access, college admissions, excellence gap, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize

$1 Million Cooke Prize Recipient Announced

Posted by Amber Styles on May 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Amherst College Gets $1 Million Cooke Prize for Admitting, Supporting and Graduating Outstanding
Low-Income Students

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Amherst College in Massachusetts is the 2016 recipient of a $1 million prize awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to a selective college or university with an excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said today.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college success, excellence gap, Cooke Prize

Harold Levy on College Access and the Cooke Prize

Posted by Amber Styles on May 10, 2016 4:20:27 PM

In a new opinion piece published by Fox News, Executive Director Harold O. Levy addresses the barriers to college access for bright, low-income students and spotlights the Cooke Prize finalists who are changing admissions and support practices on their campuses.

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Topics: low income, college access, excellence gap, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize

Harold O. Levy in Fox News: Averages Ensure Only Average Possibilities

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 27, 2016 4:48:56 PM

It turns out that one size doesn't fit all. In a new opinion piece for Fox News, our executive director describes how education's focus on averages (such as with test scores) often relegates teachers to "teach to the middle" of the class. Levy writes:

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Topics: students, low income, excellence gap, JKCF in the News

Announcing the Five Finalists for the $1 Million Cooke Prize

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 12, 2016 11:10:44 AM

FIVE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES FINALISTS FOR $1 MILLION COOKE PRIZE: AMHERST, DAVIDSON, POMONA, RICE AND STANFORD

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Five colleges and universities are finalists for the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence, which goes to a selective college or university with an excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students. The finalists are: Amherst College in Massachusetts; Davidson College in North Carolina; Pomona College in California; Rice University in Texas; and Stanford University in California.

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Topics: college admissions, excellence gap, Cooke Prize

Do Schools Prioritize Counselors and College Access?

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 31, 2016 4:23:07 PM

This week, The 74 Million published a headline that gave many college access advocates pause for concern: “Data Shows 3 of the 5 Biggest School Districts Hire More Security Officers Than Counselors.” You can read the education news site's full article here.

Matt Barnum is The 74 Million’s policy and research editor who authored the analysis. “I was interested in this because there has been a lot of discussion about school discipline and school-to-prison pipeline issues, but not many hard numbers on how districts are investing in both proactive and reactive strategies,” he informed the Cooke Foundation. “I think the data starkly highlights, at least by this one measure, different districts' priorities.”

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Topics: high school seniors, low income, college access, grants, Grantee Spotlight, excellence gap, True Merit

March 25: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 25, 2016 2:09:43 PM

March 25, 2016—Here’s our weekly roundup of the biggest news you may have missed. The Department of Education (ED) focuses on helping college-ready students access higher education, and solutions to close the K-12 Excellence Gap are shared across digital media.

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Topics: low income, college access, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

March 18: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 18, 2016 4:17:48 PM

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Topics: college cost, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

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