What We're Reading - May 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stories from our field that help inform our work

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“Why Opportunity Youth is the Focus of Starbucks 5th Annual Global Month of Service”, Starbucks News, April 1.

  • Howard Schultz announces commitment to hire 10,000 Opportunity Youth over the next three years.
  • Includes a commitment to having 25,000 partners graduate through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan by the year 2025.
  • Focus on the fact that this isn’t charity, but simply sustainable business practice.
  • Additional story at Inside Higher Ed.

“Community College of Philadelphia goes tuition-free for hundreds”, Philly.com, April 6.

  • CCP will pay the gap between state and federal aid and full tuition for all students who graduate from city high schools and have family income low enough to qualify for Pell Grant.
  • Number of recipients expect to rise from 440 in the first year to 845 by the third year.
  • National trend toward broadening access to higher education and President Obama’s announcement of free tuition are each cited.

“Corinthian closing its last schools; 10,000 California students displaced”, LA Times, April 26.

  • Formerly the nation’s largest for-profit college, Corinthian shuts its doors after close scrutiny.
  • Former students will have to deal with heavy debt and dubious degrees.

“Studies: Online Courses Unsuccessful at Community Colleges”, US News and World Report, April 27.

  • Researchers at UC-Davis find that California community college students are 11 percent less likely to pass online versions of the same course offered in a classroom setting.
  • More than 27 percent of students at public two-year colleges were taking some or all of their classes online, according to 2012 data.

“Delinquent. Dropout. At-Risk. When Words Become Labels”, NPR Ed, April 28.

  • An estimated 5 ½ million young people in the United States between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither in school nor working.
  • Throughout modern history, terms used to describe this group have often turned into disparaging labels.
  • Andrew Mason, Executive Director of Portland’s Open Meadow, talks about challenge in working with this group when they have names attached.

“Tighter ties with high schools”, Community College Daily, April 30.

  • Citing examples of successful dual enrollment and early college high school programs, a panel of higher education leaders and researchers told a House education subcommittee that higher education institutions must work more closely with K-12 systems in order to better prepare students for college-level work.
  • Partnerships between colleges and high schools are critical as local demographics continue to change.


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