Member Stories

September 23 – September 29
What we're reading by EWA members this week

Melissa Sanchez does some digging for The Chicago Reporter to learn that undocumented students represented roughly a quarter of all the learners who benefited from the city’s free community-college tuition program. Undocumented residents are barred from receiving federal aid for college.

The Dallas Morning News has a really strong cast of education reporters. Eva Marie-Ayala reports that the “number of limited-English speakers in the state has grown by nearly 50 percent in the last decade,” during which time “Texas had a dramatic 20 percent drop in the number of educators working in bilingual and ESL classes.”

Dawn Rhodes of the Chicago Tribune writes that “Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall, an alarming drop as the embattled public institution faces an uncertain future.” The school has been beset by funding and personnel turmoil, as well.

 Learn from Chalkbeat Indiana’s Dylan Peers McCoy about Indianapolis’ SUPER school, “a magnet program focused on health and physical activity at a time when some schools prohibit students from moving during class.”

“Claiming state taxpayers spend as much as $300 million to underwrite unnecessary courses, the Alamo Colleges are joining with the Austin Community College District and nine universities in Central Texas to boost transfer and degree completion rates,” reports Alia Malik of The San Antonio Express-News.

David Jesse wonders if the grass is greener on the other side of the state line: “As students at Michigan’s 15 public universities begin classes this year, they all will see higher base tuition rates than last year. But that’s not the case at some schools in other states — including Big Ten schools Purdue University and Ohio State University, where it has been years since tuition was increased.”

Anna M. Phillips details for the Los Angeles Times the city’s plan to roll out its free community-college program by making it available only to certain full-time students, with the hope that greater focus on school will lead to higher completion rates.

A neat one from T. Keung Hui of the News & Observer: “A Raleigh middle school teacher’s efforts to keep her fidgety students focused in class by putting bike pedals underneath their desks has spawned international attention.” The idea “has caused educators to take notice of whether combining learning and exercise is the right approach to channel students’ energy.”

Kelly Mae Ross explores for U.S. News & World Report which colleges “offer financial aid packages worth more than the cost of tuition and fees.”

The Washington Post’s Danielle Douglas-Gabriel with this: “Nearly 80,000 students of defunct for-profit giant Corinthian Colleges are facing some form of debt collection, even though the U.S. Department of Education unearthed enough evidence of fraud to forgive their student loans, according to an investigation by the staff of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).”

Oregon’s higher-education leaders are tired of having “average” graduation rates that see just 60 percent of the nation’s freshmen complete a degree in six years, reports Andrew Theen for The Oregonian. Here’s how some colleges in the state plan to buoy those numbers.

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