What We're Reading - June 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stories from our field that help inform our work

“More Rigorous GED Spurs Jitters, Competition” Education Week

      • GED announced a new, more rigorous test. Numbers of test takers spiked at the end of 2013, then dropped significantly in 2014.
      • States are adding options such as HiSET and TASC to the GED, dramatically changing the landscape.

“Oregon hurting nation's drive to improve high school graduation rates, report says” The Oregonian

Oregonian covers America’s Promise Building a Grad Nation
Oregon students from all backgrounds fare poorly compared to their peers from around the country.

“Academic pathways fuel reforms” Community College Daily

  • Community College Daily looks at how colleges are using student pathways as a means of increasing student success.
  • Oregon’s Career Pathways initiative is highlighted - eases and facilitates student transition from high school to community college, from precollege courses to credit postsecondary programs and from community college to university or employment.

“Budget proposal is mixed for foster youth” Ed Source

  • California Governor Jerry Brown proposes funding a program to help foster youth who are attending community college.
  • Foster youth advocates are critical that the budget does not include an increase in funds to a service that helps K-12 students be successful in school.

“Cap and Gown” New York Times

  • Inspirational commencement speeches from around the country.

“Fewer than a quarter of Oregon community college students complete degrees, audit says” The Oregonian

  • An audit by the Oregon Secretary of State showed that only 24 percent of Oregon community college students received a degree within seven years.
  • Oregon ranks 32nd out of 36 states in community college completion rates.
  • Article talked about community college completion being a major impediment to the state reaching its 40/40/20 goals.

“The Upwardly Mobile Barista” The Atlantic

  • The Atlantic explores whether the plan from Starbucks and Arizona State University is a model for helping more Americans reach the middle class.
  • Enrollment counselors reflect Starbucks’ model of high touch service in an effort to work closely with employees to help navigate application and financial aid challenges.
  • Howard Schultz - “We can’t be a bystander, and we can’t wait for Washington, and I strongly believe that businesses and business leaders must do more for their people and more for the communities they serve.”
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