Srey Touch Kroch is a second-year student at the Royal University of Phnom Penh where she studies international business management. On this particular day, she is preparing a roughly 40-person meal as part of her responsibilities at the Harpswell Foundation’s dormitory.
Only about 20 percent of Cambodians complete the 12th grade. Most Cambodians live in rural areas, with many struggling to make a living on small farms. Even with low public school tuition fees, sending a child to college is nearly impossible. But some, like Kroch, are finding a way.
As many as 70,000 child care centers are projected to close in the next several months as pandemic-era federal funding ends, pushing an industry already in crisis to a breaking point.
When a child care center closes, especially in a small town, it frays the ties that keep a community together. Families are left scrambling to find alternate care in a system known for years-long waiting lists. And working parents are stymied, making impossible decisions around leaving their jobs or cutting back hours.
Last year’s freshman class at Tulane University in New Orleans was nearly two-thirds female. Tulane’s numbers are startling, but the school is not a radical outlier: There are close to three women for every two men in college in this country.
Experts say the male enrollment crisis in higher education is leading many colleges to adopt an unofficial policy: affirmative action for men.
Apathy—not bad policy or low funds—is what usually derails homeless college students. Kamari Felton knows this reality all too well. His bags were packed for college. He was ready to leave the shelter that had been his home for nearly a year. Then his financial aid disappeared.
Felton's story ultimately had a happy ending, but it illustrates how many of today's students may be falling through the holes of thoughtfully constructed safety nets—and what can and must be done to change their trajectories.
Tens of millions of federal student borrowers will soon be receiving (or may have already received) a bill, due in October, for the first time in more than three years. Those who graduated or left school during the pandemic may be getting a bill for the first time ever.
Many borrowers are likely to experience confusion or have trouble accessing available resources to support their return to repayment this fall. A new resource guide aims to help.
Since last spring, Los Angeles community colleges have been rolling out a number of classes in Spanish—not classes to learn Spanish, but classes where Spanish speakers can learn other subjects. The expansion is part of a national effort to better serve community college students whose first language isn’t English.
The movement is also a reversal of nearly a century and a half of policy that has minimized Spanish since the state’s constitution was ratified in 1879. To understand the reversal at LACCD, though, one must start with a family’s move to Los Angeles.