Chigozie Okorie likes to say that he’s the “high school student who never left high school.” He’s kidding, sort of: Not only did Mr. Okorie graduate from high school, he also collected an associate degree and a full-time job at IBM within four years. And he’s now studying communications at Baruch College and expects to graduate next year. Not bad for someone who’s not even 20. No one is more surprised than he. “When you say things out loud it becomes so much more shocking,” said Mr. Okorie, who grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. “I say it in my head, but it doesn’t impact me unless I say it around other people: ‘Wow, I’m going to graduate within a year with a bachelor’s and it only took me how many years?’” Mr. Okorie’s job as a program associate in education at IBM requires him to spend much of his day at his alma mater, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or … [Read more...] about A High School Education and College Degree All in One
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — Bryson Sassau’s application would inspire any college admissions officer. A founder of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School described him as a “bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded” student whose alcoholic father had beaten him and his mother and had denied them money for food and shelter. His transcript “speaks for itself,” the founder, Tracey Landry, wrote, but Mr. Sassau should also be lauded for founding a community service program, the Dry House, to help the children of abusive and alcoholic parents. He took four years of honors English, the application said, was a baseball M.V.P. and earned high honors in the “Mathematics Olympiad.” The narrative earned Mr. Sassau acceptance to St. John’s University in New York. There was one problem: None of it was true. “I was just a small piece in a whole fathom of lies,” Mr. Sassau said. T.M. Landry has become a viral Cinderella … [Read more...] about Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled a highly anticipated overhaul on Friday of the rules governing campus sexual assault, reducing the liability of colleges and universities for investigating sexual misconduct claims and bolstering the due process rights of defendants, including the right to cross-examine their accusers. The rules would be the first regulations to govern how schools should meet their legal obligations under Title IX, the 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funding. The regulations will now face a 60-day public comment period before they are final. The regulations mirror a draft proposal first reported by The New York Times in August, which established a narrower definition of sexual harassment, tightened reporting requirements, relieved colleges of the responsibility to investigate off-campus episodes, and outlined steps schools should take to provide support for accusers. They also give schools the flexibility to … [Read more...] about Sex Assault Rules Under DeVos Bolster Defendants’ Rights and Ease College Liability
Here’s a simple idea I bet most Americans agree with: No qualified high school student should ever be barred entrance to a college based on his or her family’s bank account. Yet it happens all the time. When colleges review applications, all but a few consider a student’s ability to pay. As a result, high-achieving applicants from low- and middle-income families are routinely denied seats that are saved for students whose families have deeper pockets. This hurts the son of a farmer in Nebraska as much as the daughter of a working mother in Detroit. America is at its best when we reward people based on the quality of their work, not the size of their pocketbook. Denying students entry to a college based on their ability to pay undermines equal opportunity. It perpetuates intergenerational poverty. And it strikes at the heart of the American dream: the idea that every person, from every community, has the chance to rise based on merit. I was lucky: My father was a … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Giving $1.8 Billion for College Financial Aid
(CNN Business)When Adina Kamkhatchi was in college, she had an eye for jewelry but not much of a budget. "I couldn't buy expensive jewelry and I also couldn't find cheaper good quality jewelry that would last," she says. So she decided she'd try her hand at making her own. JUST WATCHED Glossier founder created a beauty brand she 'could be friends with' Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Glossier founder created a beauty brand she 'could be friends with' 02:24 At the time, she was a freshman at Brooklyn College and she only had classes two days a week. "I wanted to do something more. I consulted my mom, told her about it and she loved it," says Adina, now 22. With about $1,000 of her own savings, Adina bought materials — beads, pearls, stones, strips of leather, chains — from wholesalers and got to work at the kitchen table at her parents' house. Read More She named her line Adina's Jewels (after her grandmother with whom she shares a name). … [Read more...] about Four years ago, she was a college freshman. Today, she has a multimillion dollar jewelry company