Notes & Coffee: April 2-8

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Middle-class families increasingly look to community colleges  - “Community colleges have long catered to low-income students who dream of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree. And for many, that remains their central mission. But as middle- and upper-middle-class families like the Shahverdians face college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more of them are looking for ways to spend less for their children’s quality education.”

Still hungry - “Students continue to go hungry on college campuses. While experts differ on the scope of the problem, the issue of students lacking basic needs, both food and shelter, has gained significant traction, both politically and among university administrators. The new report released yesterday will likely restart the conversation over students' access to food -- it quickly attracted considerable media attention, even though its authors note that it can't be considered a national picture of these issues." 

States take a look at online learning prices - “As tuition and student debt levels continue to rise, so has the political and public pressure on colleges to keep costs for students under control. Online education, still emerging, hasn't escaped those conversations. Legislatures in several states have taken steps in recent years to curb fees that institutions charge exclusively to online students, or to incentivize institutions to spend less on their online programs. (They're also taking a look at fees charged to both residential and online students, but that's a separate issue with its own nuances.)"

The hidden crisis on college campuses: Many students don’t have enough to eat - “Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college — and not because he didn’t like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result. He’d stretch a can of SpaghettiOs over an entire day. Or he’d scout George Washington University campus for events that promised free lunch or snacks. Torres told no one what he was going through, least of all his single mom. “She had enough things to worry about,” he said.”

From homeless to apprentice - ““These men were hand-selected from a competitive pool that showed the most promising potential for success,” said Carlos Turner Cortez, president of SDCE. “Once the students complete their career training programs, we will work with the San Diego Workforce Partnership and SDCE employee partners to find jobs for students.”’

More Notes 

HBCUs doing something right for KIPP Alumni 

Artistic expression or sexual harassment? 

Opinion: Gen-ed revision could be gen-ed reduction

Opinion: Do we know what history students learn?