White House Gathers Experts to Boost College Counseling

From Inside Higher Ed:

The White House’s higher education summit in January, as some critics described it, was all about appealing to the cameras.

The event, to be sure, drew mainstream headlines as President Obama exercised his “convening authority” to summon to the White House dozens of college presidents — many of whom seemed pretty excited to come to Washington and snap photos of the president and first lady.

But the administration’s first public event following up on that summit, hosted here on Monday, was decidedly less publicity-focused. It was about digging into the trenches on school counseling: best practices in college counseling, how to better-train counselors, and how to harness new technology to help students.

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Reach and Rise Mentoring Program

Reach and Rise is a free, one to one youth mentoring program established to provide young people the opportunity to connect to caring adults and role models who act as a source of support and guidance for young people. If you know a young adult between the ages of 16-24 who could benefit from a strong mentor relationship (or if you would like to be a mentor yourself) reach out to Y Roads Center Reach and Rise Program Director Bridget Yurgel at byurgel@ymcanyc.org and make a difference.

Download the flier here.

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Graduate NYC Quarterly Newsletter: Summer 2014

Highlight from the Graduate NYC newsletter:

Project Updates

Graduate NYC!’s projects fall into four broad categories:

Data Sharing, Research & Policy
College Awareness, Planning & Advisement (NYC College Line)
Identifying, Disseminating & Scaling Best Practices in College Readiness & Completion
Academic Readiness & Curriculum Alignment

Below are updates in each project category.

Newsletter also contains:

  • A Letter From the Executive Director
  • Meet the Interns
  • Completion Corner

Read the full newsletter here.

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Leaving the System

From Inside Higher Ed:

The portion of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009, according to a report that looks like bad news for the national college completion push.

The findings are the latest from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The nonprofit group regularly releases studies based on the Clearinghouse’s data sets, which cover 96 percent of students nationwide.

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Low-Income Students’ Success in College Starts in High School

From Diverse Education:

In The New York Times Magazine cover story, Paul Tough addressed the obstacles facing disadvantaged students head on.

“If you want to help low-income students succeed, it’s not enough to deal with their academic and financial obstacles. You also need to address their doubts and misconceptions and fears. To solve the problem of college completion, you first need to get inside the mind of a college student.”

We would go one step further and say that, to increase diversity on campuses, you need to get inside the mind of a high school student. And that requires a partnership between colleges and organizations in the communities where students live.

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Education Department Updates Its Rankings of Most Costly Colleges

From Inside Higher Ed:

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday released its rankings of the most and least expensive colleges in the country — an annual ritual that some lawmakers are eyeing for elimination in the coming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

As has been the case in previous years, many well-known institutions appear on this year’s list, which ranks the top 5 percent of the most expensive colleges based on tuition and the average net price students pay after receiving financial aid.

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Flunking the Revised SATs

From Fair.org:

When the College Board announced on March 5 that it would be revising several elements of its SAT tests, including entirely scrapping the essay section—effectively reversing course on the biggest change in the last half century in the college placement exams—it might have seemed like a perfect opportunity to investigate the role of tests in education, and how well they live up to their claims of being objective evaluators of student progress. For much of the US media, though, the SAT changes served mostly as an opportunity to beat the drum of “Is our children learning?”

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