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Men of Color: Ensuring the Academic Success of Latino Males in Higher Education

This brief highlights statistics that demonstrate a growing gap in educational attainment among Latinos. In particular, Latino males tend to fare less well academically than their female counterparts and peers of other ethnicities. This brief also offers recommendations for practitioners, researchers, and leaders in education regarding ways to support Latino males as they prepare for, enter, and matriculate through college and the workforce.

Students in Debt: 'Can't Pay, Won't Pay, Don't Pay'


"'It seems like the right moment to initiate a nationwide campaign against the student lending industry. In a short time, Occupy Wall Street had reinvigorated the left and called the media’s attention back to the financial crisis of 2008. Young people everywhere are underemployed and struggling to repay debt, and many of these same people are now becoming inspired by the radicalism of Occupy.'

Class Struggle: Higher Education as Economic Development in NYC :: MetroFocus :: THIRTEEN

This piece, originally published in August 2011 and related to this resource about the Occupy Movement, discusses the propsect of New York using higher education as a "potent force for economic development." The article discusses how the city's colleges and universities are "using every possible planning and zoning tool: eminent domain, rezoning, leasing, trading air rights, public-private partnerships, strategic acquisitions, and of

Op-Ed: Occupy Movement Should Set Sights on Standardized Testing | MetroFocus | THIRTEEN

This set of resources, which includes op-ed pieces and a video, offers insights about where the Occupy Movement and the industry that develops, administers, and scores standardized assements intersect. Interesting perspectives are presented, all shedding light on the Occupy Movement's potential impact on education.

Student Veterans Do Better than Peers When Given Support Services :: Inside Higher Ed

This article discusses highlights from the recent report entitled, "Completing the Mission: A Pilot Study of Veteran Students’ Progress Toward Degree Attainment in the Post 9/11 Era,”  conducted by Operation College Promise and the Pat Tillman Foundation. Read here for details about the study and its findings.

Policy Summit: U.S. Higher Education Should Focus More on Employability

Higher education leaders and others convened in early November 2011 for a policy summit entitled, "Educating for Success: The Nexus Between College Completion and American Competitiveness." Read this article to hear the key points made by attendees, and to learn more about the challenges higher education leaders face in creating and implementing successful policies that serve traditional and nontraditional students while boosting graduation rates and enhancing graduates' chances for employability.

UNCF Conference Town Hall Meeting Focus on Creative Strategies for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

This article offers highlights from the United Negro College Fund's town hall meeting held in Atlanta in early November 2011, at which several HBCU presidents convened and discussed a variety of ideas about tackling problems at their colleges. From the article:


"The forum was part of the November 9-11 UNCF Institute for Capacity Building conference, which brought together representatives and supporters of “special-mission institutions” to explore ways to sustain, grow and even thrive in a rough economy."

9 Ideas for Reinventing America’s Language Education System

Language instructor Aaron G. Meyers proposes innovative approaches to language instruction in this bold manifesto, intended to provoke conversation and change. Excerpt:

Colleges Look to USC for Ways to Boost Graduation Rates

Which challenges may drive minority students to drop out? The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has turned to the University of Southern California’s Center for Urban Education (CUE) to explore answers to that question. Fourteen other PASSHE universities have also worked with CUE on “the Equity Scorecard Project,” aimed at increasing minority graduation rates and improving racial equity in higher education.

Community College Students and Grant Aid: Bringing Equity To The Provision Of Grant Aid By States and Institutions

In order to reverse the troubling low graduation rates at our nation’s community colleges low-income students, according to this policy birief by Demos authors Viany Orozco and Lucy Mayo, must stop being financially penalized for attending these institutions. As the brief outlines, low-income students who attend community college receive less state and institutional grant aid, on average, than their counterparts at four-year public universities.