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Cooke Chronicle: Jan. 6, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 6, 2017 3:52:51 PM

Jan. 6, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Free college and supporting the nation’s low-income college students dominate the headlines this week. Several organizations and experts make additional policy recommendations for the new administration and education leaders.

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Topics: college cost, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, True Merit

June 24: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 24, 2016 4:05:58 PM

June 24, 2016Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Following the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision, we share recommendations for promoting diversity in higher education. New findings show how college-level courses benefit low-income students.

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Topics: Scholar News, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, True Merit

Issue Brief: Opening College Doors to Equal Educational Opportunity

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 24, 2016 11:08:53 AM

Cooke Foundation Recommends Actions Top Colleges Should Take
To Increase Enrollment of Low-Income Students

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today released an issue brief recommending actions that top colleges and universities should take to increase campus diversity by enrolling greater numbers of academically qualified low-income students.

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Topics: low income, Media Release, college access, college admissions, True Merit

Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 23, 2016 1:24:07 PM

Statement by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director 
Harold O. Levy on Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy issued the following statement today on the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting a challenge to race-conscious affirmative action admissions at the University of Texas at Austin:

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Topics: low income, Media Release, college access, True Merit

Harold O. Levy Recommends Alternatives for Maintaining Diversity

Posted by Amber Styles on May 3, 2016 2:13:37 PM

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Topics: low income, college admissions, JKCF in the News, True Merit

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

Executive Director Harold O. Levy Talks True Merit with USACollegeChat

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 24, 2016 7:15:00 PM

In this evening's USACollegeChat podcast, Executive Director Harold O. Levy speaks with co-hosts Marie Segares and Regina H. Paul about our " True Merit" report and college access barriers for academically talented students with financial need.

Regina opens the episode with findings from the report she describes as "shocking and hard to swallow":
  • Students from families in the bottom economic quartile comprise only three percent of enrollment in the most competitive schools, while those from the top economic quartile comprise 72 percent.

  • Only 23 percent of high-achieving, low-income students apply to a selective school, compared with 48 percent of high-achieving, high-income students.

  • High-achieving students from the wealthiest families were three times as likely to enroll in a highly selective college as those from the poorest families (24 versus 8 percent).

  • 49 percent of corporate industry leaders and 50 percent of government leaders graduated from only 12 selective colleges and universities. "There's no way for those leaders to know what it's like growing up differently from the way they did when they're all together," states Regina.

You can listen to the full podcast below or on the USACollegeChat website, which includes a transcript of the discussion.

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Topics: college access, JKCF in the News, True Merit

March 11: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 11, 2016 4:46:52 PM

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Topics: Community college, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, True Merit, edtech

Feb. 19: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 19, 2016 3:10:47 PM

Feb. 19, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of the biggest news you may have missed. While new questions emerge for affirmative action practices, advocates at the K-12 and higher education levels examine additional strategies to support diversity.

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Topics: college admissions, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, True Merit

Fox News Publishes True Merit Op-Ed

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 8, 2016 1:07:17 PM

Executive Director Harold Levy discussed honoring True Merit in admissions in a recent op-ed for Fox News. Listing six ways that policies and practices in higher education restrict talented low-income students from applying to and attending selective institutions, Levy states:

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Topics: college admissions, JKCF in the News, True Merit

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