Colleges and policymakers often differ on how to define a “first-generation” college student. A new brief explores the assumptions at play—and how they affect programmatic support.
The number of international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities grew to just above 1 million students last year, representing the largest year-over-year increase in more than four decades.
Experts say that making students’ federal financial aid conditional on “satisfactory academic progress” punishes students who have the fewest resources to help them complete their degree. State and federal lawmakers are working to create more student-friendly policies.
The Department of Education is focusing on partnerships between two- and four-year colleges that improve a transfer system where students from underserved communities often face obstacles to completing a four-year degree.
An increasing number of nonprofit two- and four-year colleges and universities are recruiting military service members and veterans, and investing in supportive services to ensure they thrive on campus.
Megan Majocha (G’24), a biomedical graduate student who is deaf, aims to reduce barriers to scientific research careers for members of the deaf community.
A New York Times story exploring students’ SAT results by income level shines a light on “the deep inequality at the heart of American education”—economic disparities that leave children from the most underserved neighborhoods without the tools they need to succeed.
Students from rural communities face multiple barriers to higher education, including long commutes, financial strain, and a lack of academic support. New programs are finding ways to shrink those obstacles.
California community colleges are offering bachelor’s degree programs that allow students to attend college closer to home at more affordable rates.
Last week, Georgetown brought together government officials, college presidents, higher education leaders, students, and advocates for an event launching a new U.S. State Department program that helps refugee students pursue higher education and resettlement in the U.S.
This fall, Georgetown will open a new Disability Cultural Center, an on-campus hub providing resources, mentorship, community, and programming for disabled students, faculty, and staff, as well as allies and those interested in learning about disability.
The New York Times has released data on trends in the enrollment of low-income students at top colleges across the country. While some selective colleges and universities have enrolled more economically disadvantaged students, others are backsliding.