TABLE of CONTENTSLack of Access to Federal Loans at Community Colleges Disproportionately Affects Hispanics
by Jeff Simmons
In late February, the U.S. Department of Education distributed a “Dear Colleague” letter to colleges across the country, delivering a message that served as a clear reminder about the importance of offering federal loans. click here
New Light on HSIs’ Performance Rates
by Frank DiMaria
For a while now it has been assumed that students who attend minority-serving institutions (MSIs) have lower graduation rates than those who attend traditional schools. And statistics support this assumption, showing that MSI students are generally less academically prepared and receive less financial aid than their counterparts at other schools. click here
Using Social Media to Promote Retention
by Paul Hoogeveen
It’s no secret that Millennials are more technologically connected that any other age group. In 2010, Pew Research reported that 75 percent of 18-to-29- year-olds had a profile on a social networking site. Social media and related connectivity technologies have become, for many Millennials, the preferred methods of communication. To advocacy groups such as the Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC), this trend has created fresh avenues to provide near-peer mentoring and support to large numbers of underserved students in ways that were simply not possible in the recent past. As the first state-level group under the College Advising Corps to recognize the opportunity, ICAC is learning to take advantage of students’ affinity for social media and developing initiatives to help them persist in their postsecondary educational paths.
Summit Previews New Commitments to Improve College Opportunity
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
With the Obama Administration’s second Summit on College Opportunity set for December at the White House, higher education leaders are expecting a renewed and sharpened focus on the best ways to make college more accessible and more effective at helping students earn postsecondary degrees.
and College-Going Rates Increase But Gaps Remain
by Angela Provitera McGlynn
America reached its largest year-over-year increase in degree attainment since 2008, according to the fifth annual issue of A Stronger Nation through Higher Education: Closing the Gaps in College Attainment, published by the Lumina Foundation.