What We're Reading - March 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gateway to College National Network staff keeps a close eye on education policy, research, practice, and trends that might impact any of our 42 programs and our work to ensure that a greater number of students graduate from high school and have access to college. Our staff follows blogs and news feeds from national education leaders, foundations, education writers, and our partner institutions. In our national office, we consistently circulate impactful pieces and discuss their significance on our work. Each month, we’ll share some of our favorite work on the GtCNN Blog. Our hope is that if more of our friends and colleagues read what we find impactful, they’ll share and discuss this work, and encourage us to read even more. Enjoy!

“Closing Achievement Gap Would Boost Economy, Report Finds”, Philanthropy News Digest

“BCC Interim President Marti Joins Board of Directors of Gateway to College National Network”, CUNY Newswire

“Kate Brown on Education”, OPB News

  • OPB airs the entirety of Kate Brown’s comments from Reengagement Plus, citing them as evidence of her prospective education policy as Oregon’s new governor.

“Poverty Data Signal Urgency for Schools”, Education Week

  • A majority of the nation’s 50 million students qualify for free and reduced lunch, representing the first time their numbers have been in the majority.
  • States with the highest rates of low-income students are clustered in the south and west.
  • States are struggling with providing extra services needed in schools with high numbers of low-income students.

“U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High”, U.S. Department of Education

  • Nation’s high school graduation rate is at 81%, the highest level since states adopted a uniform way of calculating grad rates five years ago.

“Increased graduation rates are great, and they don’t solve our equity problem”, GtCNN Blog

  • GtCNN’s Nick Mathern responds to the news of increased graduation rates, and contends that there is much more work to do.

“The Promise and Failure of Community Colleges”, New York Times Opinion

  • Community College graduation rates have been declining over the past decade.
  • Community Colleges have students with the greatest problems, yet the fewest resources.
  • Cites an MDRC study that showed dramatic improvement among CUNY students with wraparound support.

“Dropout Adjust Outcomes”, Inside Higher Ed

  • Summarizes a report published by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

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