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Glynn, Jennifer – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2019
Nearly half of all postsecondary students today begin their college journey at a two-year institution (49.2 percent). Students enrolled at a community college are more likely to come from lower-income families than those at four-year institutions. Indeed, low-income students are three times as likely to start at a community college as high-income…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2019
Increasing transfer success of community college students has the potential to improve preparedness of America's workforce. Yet little is known about the types of institutions to which students transfer from community colleges. This is the executive summary of the report, "Persistence: The Success of Students Who Transfer From Community…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges
Plucker, Jonathan; Glynn, Jennifer; Healey, Grace; Dettmer, Amanda – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2018
A growing body of research offers evidence that high-ability students from lower-income families are far less likely than wealthier students to be identified for advanced level course work and opportunities. They are also less likely to achieve at high levels, despite their aptitude. Lacking access to the enriched academic opportunities,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Low Income, Educational Opportunities, Talent
Plucker, Jonathan; Glynn, Jennifer; Healey, Grace; Dettmer, Amanda – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2018
America has a tremendous need for talent. This executive summary examines which states have implemented policy changes that can help close excellence gaps. States can and should take the lead in promoting educational excellence and eliminating excellence gaps. Six recommendations to states are presented. [For the full report "Equal Talents,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Access to Education, Low Income
Alamuddin, Rayane; Bender, Melissa – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2018
Drawing on a new, national survey of public institutions that serve two-year students funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and conducted by Ithaka S+R and Two Year First Year, this research brief describes the ways that these institutions do--and do not--support students during their first year of enrollment. It also highlights the extent to…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Two Year College Students, High Achievement, School Orientation
Jaquette, Ozan – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2017
There was a time when aspiring high-achieving, low-income students were sought after by admissions officers of state flagship universities because their inclusion fulfilled the mission of the institution, i.e., to provide a route enabling the industrious student to receive a superior education and become a successful professional. Those days are…
Descriptors: State Universities, Out of State Students, Low Income Students, High Achievement
Coker, Crystal; Glynn, Jennifer – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2017
Spiraling costs and lack of understanding of how to manage those costs lead many students to never enroll, or drop out before completing their degrees. While state and federal funding can help to offset college costs, low-income students often are unaware that institutional aid can significantly lower costs and in some cases make college…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Low Income Students, Access to Education, College Role
Coker, Crystal; Glynn, Jennifer – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2017
College can seem out of reach for many low-income students. Too often they believe college is unaffordable and unattainable. It is no surprise then that students from the bottom socioeconomic quartile are eight times less likely to earn a bachelor's degree than students from the top socioeconomic quartile (7.4% versus 60%). Colleges and…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Low Income Students, Access to Education, College Role
Glynn, Jennifer – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2017
Today a college degree is considered the ticket to a good job and the gateway to economic advancement. A student's chances of gaining admission to college, however, are often based more on parental wealth than the student's achievements. At the nation's most selective colleges, three percent of incoming freshmen come from families in the bottom…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Campuses, Barriers, High Achievement
Glynn, Jennifer – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2017
The goal of equal educational opportunity remains unrealized at most of America's colleges. The children of wealth and privilege fill nearly all the seats at these institutions, while the children of poverty are almost completely absent. Far too often, a young person's educational path is determined not by intellect, but by parental income. That a…
Descriptors: College Applicants, Access to Education, High Achievement, Low Income Students
Giancola, Jennifer; Kahlenberg, Richard D. – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2016
The admissions process used today in America's most selective colleges and universities is a classic case of interest group politics gone awry. Nobody champions or fights for smart, low-income students. The result is an admissions process reduced to a series of "preferences." Taken together with other widely-used admissions practices,…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Access to Education, Merit Scholarships, Colleges
Plucker, Jonathan; Giancola, Jennifer; Healey, Grace; Arndt, Daniel; Wang, Chen – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2015
Year after year, in every state and community in our nation, students from low-income families are less likely than other students to reach advanced levels of academic performance, even when demonstrating the potential to do so. These income-based "excellence gaps" appear in elementary school and continue through high school. It is a…
Descriptors: Gifted, Talent Development, Low Income Students, High Achievement
Plucker, Jonathan; Giancola, Jennifer; Healey, Grace; Arndt, Daniel; Wang, Chen – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2015
This report examines the performance of America's high-ability students, with an emphasis on those who come from low income backgrounds. The report examines a range of state-level interventions that are intended to foster academic talent, with the goal of identifying the policies currently in use that should be implemented more widely. Working…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Low Income Students, Educational Policy, State Policy
Giancola, Jennifer; Davidson, Elizabeth – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2015
Many more community college students could succeed at four-year colleges and universities than are given the chance. Significant numbers of academically gifted community college students start their postsecondary education at two-year institutions for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with their ability. Once at community college, however,…
Descriptors: Colleges, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Scholarships