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Maria Sotomayor, subdirectora de la Coalición de Pensilvania por la Inmigración y la Ciudadanía. Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News

Local community organizers and university officials outline some of the steps colleges and universities can take to support undocumented students and DACA recipients from enrollment to graduation.

 

Higher education associations condemn “xenophobic and sometimes racist mentality” exposed in DACA discussions

 01/25/2018 - 10:46
DACA Rally in Philadelphia, PA on September 5th 2017 by Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News 

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, other organizations urge congressional action on DACA, call out language used against immigrants in discussions

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Emily Neil
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[OP-ED]: Growing disgust with the ethos of college campuses does not mean a rejection of higher education

 07/18/2017 - 15:00
According to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollments, the number of students in colleges and universities has now dropped for five straight years, and this year 81,000 fewer high school graduates nationwide are heading to higher-education institutions. 

A recent survey on the public’s view of national institutions elicited headlines that suggested a tale of backwardness and ignorance. One example: “Majority of Republicans Think Higher Education is Bad for America.” 

The reality is more complex.

[OP-ED]: La creciente aversión por la cultura de los campus universitarios no significa un rechazo a la educación superior

 07/18/2017 - 14:23
Según National Student Clearinghouse, que registra las inscripciones universitarias, el número de estudiantes en universidades e instituciones de estudios superiores ha caído por cinco años seguidos y este año 81.000 graduados menos de la preparatoria se han inscripto en instituciones de educación superior.

Una encuesta reciente sobre la perspectiva pública acerca de las instituciones nacionales provocó titulares que sugieren una historia de retraso e ignorancia. Un ejemplo: “La mayoría de los republicanos piensa que la educación superior es mala para Estados Unidos”.

La realidad es más compleja.

Latin America doubles students in higher education, but inequality persists

 05/18/2017 - 06:02
 Students during a public event in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 3, 2017. EFE/Jorge Nuñez

The increase in students, who currently number 20 million in the region, has benefited Latin America in terms of young people coming from lower and medium socioeconomic environments. But challenges persist, including the high dropout rate and the connections to the labor market, according to World Bank report.

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EFE

[OP-ED]: Those in the ‘resistance’ should refrain from mocking Trump’s supporters

 05/16/2017 - 15:29
According to an analysis of post-election survey data conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, financially troubled voters in the white working class were more likely to prefer Hillary Clinton over Trump.

Though it’s generally a happy home, there is a stark cultural divide in my house: My husband, who was raised in a tiny, Southern rural town that was almost 100 percent white, loves “The Andy Griffith Show.”

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Esther Cepeda

"We need to start speaking up"

 02/28/2017 - 03:07
"We need to start speaking up"

As the Assistant Director of Drexel University’s Graduate Career Services at the LeBow College of Business, it’s rare Raquel Arredondo isn’t creating a plan of action. Whether she’s working on building relationships or helping students put their best professional foot forward, Arredondo is making things happen. 

But Arredondo will tell you it’s not always an easy path to get there. A certified yoga instructor, Arredondo has mastered the art of trusting the process and spreading that self-confidence and trust in self to the women and men she works with daily. 

[OP-ED]: Viewing minorities as monolithic groups only exacerbates inequality

 01/31/2017 - 15:29
People along with members of the Senate and the US House. Participate at a rally in opposition to the US President's immigration ban. Donald Trump, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. EFE

“Disaggregation” is not a word that rolls off the tongue easily. But the concept of separating a whole into its distinct parts is one that we should embrace when it comes to statistics about minorities.

The time when it was sufficient to break out data by simple race or ethnicity segments has past. Demographics and new sociological and scientific understanding about the people that make up the broad categories of black, Asian and Hispanic tell us that these labels are becoming increasingly blunt instruments when we look at public health and education policy.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Don’t be blinded by the flattery from college recruiters

 01/26/2017 - 08:58
Last February, the Department of Education created a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond more quickly and efficiently to allegations of questionable actions, misconduct or suspected fraud by higher education institutions. It aimed to build on steps the Obama administration had taken to protect students from aggressive recruiting practices. 

Many high schools across the country require that sophomores take the preliminary SAT or the practice ACT in preparation for the junior-year tests, which help determine their competitiveness at highly selective schools. When they do this, the students have the option to fill in a bubble on their answer packet agreeing to let prospective schools contact them in the future.

This is how it came to be that on the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, my mailbox was stuffed with 12 (and counting) ego-stroking letters from colleges across the country for my youngest son.

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Esther Cepeda

Rethinking Education Reform

 04/06/2011 - 08:20
Rethinking Education Reform

CHICAGO -- Across the
country, cities and states are reconsidering their traditional roles as local
competitors and banding together to overcome shrinking budgets and crumbling
economies. Their hope is that regional planning efforts will enable them to
carve out a shared future through a new knowledge economy.

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Esther Cepeda