Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

College Bound
Catholic Herald, Mary Beth Peabody

Peabody interviews counselors and students at Catholic schools in South New Jersey about the college search process and how the process spans their entire high school career. 

College-prep programs for the poor slashed in Trump’s budget
The Washington Post, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

In the budget proposal released by President Trump earlier this week, the administration proposed a combined $193 million cut in funding for initiatives that fund college-prep programs, threatening the stability of programs that have prepared millions of disadvantaged students for college. Under the White House budget, appropriations for TRIO would tumble 10 percent to $808 million, while GEAR UP’s funding would shrink nearly a third to $219 million.

Applying For College Aid Just Got Harder
NPR, Cory Turner

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on and would continue to be unavailable for several weeks. The tool was suspended under suspicions of potential identity theft, and students had to manually provide the requested financial information before the Wednesday deadline. Experts suggest lower-income students who tend to apply for aid closer to the deadline will be most affected.

Mathematical modeling predicts student success, dropout rates
Science Daily

High School students who are failing two or more subjects are at an increased risk for dropping out, largely due to their increased interactions with other failing students, according to researchers at the University of Texas-Austin. Researchers used “mathematical modeling to demonstrate that negative peer pressures can spread in a high-risk setting, influencing students' decisions to drop out of school. The data suggests that as the degree of parental involvement in a vulnerable student's life increases, the number of their failing friends decreases.”

Incredible gains in student retention noted by universities using edtech strategies
eSchoolNews, Cathy Buyarski and Jeff Fanter

University leaders are increasingly turning to technology to increase student success and retention. Buyarski and Fanter found that through the use of emerging tech “institutions are creating new models to support the first-generation college student and seeing real progress.” They present several examples of how institutions are reducing red tape, fostering soft skills among students, providing resources to balance work and life, building community, and helping students map career interests.

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