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New Study About College Selectivity and Graduation Rates Overlooks Important Factors

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Aug 27, 2014 5:00:00 PM

According to a study published earlier this month in the American Educational Research Journal, how selective a college is has little to do with the likelihood of its students graduating. This finding is encouraging in many ways; however, it does not tell the whole story.

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Topics: Study, college choice, college decision, education news

Why Few Low-Income College Students Study Abroad

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jun 3, 2014 9:26:22 AM

The number of American college students studying abroad has tripled in the past 20 years, yet few first-generation college-going, minority, or low-income students take part—raising important concerns about equity at an increasing number of institutions of higher education.
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Topics: Study, education news

May 9, 2014: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on May 9, 2014 4:40:15 PM

May 9, 2014—The best of what's making the rounds in education news this week.

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Topics: Study, Friday Roundup,, education news

Education Resources: How to Learn From Failure

Posted by Anthony Baracat on May 6, 2014 4:51:01 PM

You should fail.

This isn’t the first bit of advice we give our children, friends, or students. In fact, if we heard our child’s teacher utter these words, we might be appalled.

Yet failure is a lesson many education professionals insist is invaluable when it comes to the success of today’s learners—and it’s a trend that’s gaining traction. 

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Topics: Study, education news

Media Release: Community College Students Succeed on Four-Year Campuses When Provided Resources Study Finds

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 30, 2014 12:11:43 PM

Lansdowne, VA – High-achieving community college students from low- to  moderate- income backgrounds succeed academically and contribute to the intellectual life of their campuses at highly selective four-year institutions when provided the opportunity to transfer and adequate financial aid according to Partnerships that Promote Success, a program evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Community College Transfer Initiative (CCTI) conducted by Brandeis University.

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Topics: Media Release, Community college, Transfer students, Study

Study Exposes Community College Transfer Credit Debacle

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 24, 2014 3:08:00 PM

Making the transition from a community college to a four-year university comes with its challenges—social and academic adjustment notwithstanding. But a new study highlighted by Inside Higher Ed has left experts scratching their heads at another tragic bit of revealing information.

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Topics: Community college, Transfer students, college access, research, college success, Study

Media Release: Ed Trust Study Highlights Effects of the "Excellence Gap"

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 10, 2014 4:04:00 PM

LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is pleased to support The Education Trust’s recent research, “Falling Out of the Lead: Following High Achievers Through High School and Beyond.”

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Topics: Media Release, research, Study, excellence gap

Study Shows College Still Pays Off

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 13, 2014 4:44:00 PM

A February 2014 study titled ‘Higher Education Earnings Premium’ by the Urban Institute’s Sandy Baum suggests that even in today’s changing economy, any amount or type of postsecondary education pays off for students.

We live in a day when, due to a growing paranoia about the lack of jobs for recent grads, media outlets seem to tell the horror stories and little else. However, examining only immediate investment-return (one, two years after graduation) would be to neglect the many benefits that a college education has to offer—especially considering the growing gap between high school and college graduates in terms of employment and pay. (Baum previously stressed the role of time in the increasing value of a degree in an NPR article from August 2013.)

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, Community college, career advice, college success, Study, college decision

Study: Transfer Students with Credentials More Likely to Complete 4-Year Degree

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Feb 21, 2014 3:44:00 PM

Students who transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college after earning their associate’s degree are more likely to go on to earn their bachelor’s degree than students who transfer without earning their credentials, according to a recent study.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Transfer students, research, college success, Study

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