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July 15, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Connecting troubled students to college early on may improve outcomes

The Daily WRAG will not be published tomorrow as WRAG staff will be away at an all-day retreat. 

A new study from the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy suggests that enrolling less-affluent, first-generation students in early-college programs (where they simultaneously take classes in high-school and college) can significantly improve student outcomes. (Atlantic, 7/14)

Giving students an idea of what college is like by letting them enroll in college classes seems logical enough. It’s a test-run without the tuition bills and student loans. The center points to figures that suggest 86 percent of early-college graduates who go on to college stay for year two, compared with just 72 percent of college students nationally. These students are also less likely to need remedial classes.


Often, programs are supported through grants or private donations, solutions that aren’t easily scalable. But as tuition costs and student-loan debt soar, advocates of early-college programs say they offer a viable path to college completion for the students who need it most.

– Students’ Reading and Math Skills Are Still All Over the Map (NPR, 7/9)

REGION/TRANSIT | In Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, supporters of the Purple Line see the heavily-anticipated project as more than a boost to transit options. Many also hope it will be a connector to economic opportunities and a path to social equity. (WaPo, 7/14)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Lessons From Charles Darwin on Promoting Philanthropy (Chronicle, 7/6) – Subscription required.

WORKFORCE | Using Census data from 2010, a researcher developed an interactive dot map to represent how employment is spread out in U.S. cities within several specific categories. (City Lab, 7/14)

Don’t cry over spilled milk…or coffee, or wine, or honey, etc.…make some art!

– Ciara

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