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

Turning Down Top Choices
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

According to a new report on college admissions, almost 20 percent of students who turned down their first choice college did so because of the cost of attendance in 2016. Another 15 percent of students listed reasons relating to the financial aid they received as the primary factor.  

College Is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There.
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times

Hartocollis profiles three seniors at Topeka High School on the difficulties the students have faced during their college search. She writes that “for young people with college-educated parents, the path to higher education may be stressful, but there is a road map” and contrasts that experience with the one faced by working class students: “At a basic level, many of these students simply lack the knowledge of how to manage the increasingly complex college applications process.”

Kittatinny school counselor honored
Lori Comstock, New Jersey Herald

Comstock profiles Jolene Hegarty, a school counselor at Kittatinny Regional High School who was just named 2017 Sussex County Counselor of the Year by the Sussex County Counselors Association. One of the reasons that Hegarty won the award was because she led “the implementation of the Naviance College and Career program, an online college and career readiness solution that helps schools connect students with their strengths and interests for their postsecondary careers.”

Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?
Melinda Anderson, The Atlantic

Healthier school lunch programs led to higher test scores in certain California school districts, according to research published by the University of California-Berkeley. Michael Anderson, an economics professor at the University of California and one of the co-authors of the study, believes that based on the results of the study, healthier lunch vendors could be a highly cost-effective solution for producing higher achievement levels, compared to more costly policy interventions.   

Better Marriage Between College and Job Training
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

The Trump administration and many academics are in agreement that higher education institutions should be functioning less as workforce development centers. At a meeting of U.S. and German business leaders last week, President Trump said, “We must embrace new and effective job-training approaches, including online courses, high school curriculums and private-sector investment that prepare people for trade, manufacturing, technology and other really well-paying jobs and careers.” The call for more occupational job training as an alternative to college degrees aligns with higher education leaders “who resist pressure for colleges to be more attuned to their occupational role, arguing in defense of general education and decrying the transactional view of college as being primarily a means to a job.”

Better Accessibility Achieved in Orange SUccess
Kelly Homan Rodoski, Syracuse University News

Rodoski covers Syracuse’s roll out of its centralized advising system Orange SUccess. The University chose Starfish because of its “accessibility,” and according to Sam Scozzafava, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer, Hobsons has been “a great partner. They have been very transparent about their product development methodology, and they have welcomed our input into issue identification and prioritization. It has truly become a partnership.”  

What Makes Admissions Officers More Likely to Admit Low-Income Students?
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week

A recent study of admissions trends in higher education found that low income students have a better chance of being accepted by colleges if the institution has strong understanding of the high school that the student is attending. The paper, published in Educational Researcher, found that when admission officers have more detailed information about low-income students' schools, they're 26 to 28 percent more likely to admit them.

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