Do you think the value of college justifies the cost?

“If people need a degree to get ahead, then democratic governments must offer everybody with sufficient brains a chance of getting one.” A fascinating insight from @TheEconomist on the importance and accessibility to a college education, not only around the country, but around the globe.

Do you think the value of a college education justifies the cost? #FoodForThought #HigherEd

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Helping Students Pay for College — and Achieve Better Outcomes

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The Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) at six CUNY community colleges indicates great promise with coordinated strategies designed to promote student success. The program is high touch in terms of advising, mentoring, and coaching. It provides full funding by closing the gap between financial aid and college costs – in the form of tuition waivers. Tutoring, skills development, and wrap-around services are provided, in effect, leaving the student with few excuses to fail. Some benefits, such as receipt of monthly bus passes, are tied to full participation in the program. No ditching meetings with the advisor, for instance. The results are impressive thus far – 40% of ASAP students earned an associate degree in 3 years compared with 22% of the control group.

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1EAr4tp

Wes Moore on living a life that has meaning

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“There but for the grace of God go I.”

It’s a thing people say. You see homeless people in the train station, or victims of war, disease, or misfortune. And you realize it could have been you, yet somehow it isn’t.

But who ever actually checks it out?

Wes Moore did.

Wes Moore is the name of at least two men. The two were born less than a year apart in Baltimore, separated by only a few blocks. One is now in the Maryland Correctional Institution near Jessup, Md., serving life for murdering a policeman. The other is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy, a Rhodes Scholar, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Oxford University, a businessman with a start-up called BridgeEdU, and a host of Beyond Belief on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. He lives in his beloved Baltimore with wife Dawn, daughter Mia, and son James. And he knocks himself out for city kids.

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BridgeEdU Founder and CEO, Wes Moore Partners with Microsoft YouthSpark to Moderate Panel on STEM Education

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One of the clearest goals of our model at BridgeEdU is to prepare students for the world outside of college. College is an incredible place to learn and expand your thoughts, but we want to make sure the education garnered here is based on applicable knowledge that will help our students impact the greater world after they graduate. This is why internships and mentoring sessions are absolutely essential to our approach. We want students to explore their interests and have the opportunity to gain the professional experience needed to test out their skills. Education is a wonderful thing in itself, but we need to ensure we are passing on information that will be useful to our students beyond college.

This is why on Monday, February 23rd, our founder and CEO, Wes Moore, moderated a panel on STEM education in our schools. As part of Microsoft’s nation-wide YouthSpark initiative, the Baltimore YouthSpark Breakfast brought together educators, policy makers and activists to discuss the importance of STEM related subjects in our education system and how we can create opportunities for our students to be engaged in the fields of the future.

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African-Americans carry more student debt than whites

Since the mid-2000s, the average African-American household carries more student loan debt than white families, according to a new report by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that focuses on social and economic policy. This is driven in large part by the growing share of African-American families that take on student debt. In 2013, 42% of African-Americans ages 25 to 55 had student loan debt, compared with 28% of whites.

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