Source: educationdive.com http://www.educationdive.com/news/poverty-will-continue-to-significantly-hinder-further-grad-rate-increases/508035/
Poverty remains a significant hurdle to achievement for many students, and while those struggles have gained more attention in recent years, they are still far from being solved. California, for example, has over 200,000 students considered homeless under federal standards, and that population has risen 20% since 2014.
Families facing poverty are unlikely to have the same resources — like books, broadband internet and access to some extracurricular services or activities — that enable success among students from more affluent families or communities. And many may have home situations that combine several households in a single dwelling or parents who are incarcerated, which isn’t conducive to concentration or learning. Add on the likelihood of food insecurity and the situation then demands that the effects of hunger on student engagement be taken into consideration.
To address these issues, schools can start by reaching out to the local community for food drives and assistance with volunteer programming. But administrators must also engage lawmakers to drive home the needs that they’re seeing in their schools and make the case for additional supports.
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The GUNI Network (Global University Network for Innovation) is working hard on bringing universities together with the rest of the stakeholders involved on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. As stated in their website, “The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) is an international network created in 1999 and supported by the UNESCO, the United Nations University (UNU) and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), which hosts its secretariat and presidency.”
Among their many activities, last September conference brought together universities, governments, cities and public and social agencies from different countries. Knowledge, ideas, experiences and expectations around the challenges involved with the SDGs where shared and discussed. Obviously, this is the way to go: making sure that the Sustainable Development Goals are not only a mere declaration but are translated into concrete actions, by the actors involved, in every part of the world and with the implication of the Higher Education institutions.
More than 200 HE institutions are already members of GUNI. Of course, the stronger the network gets, the more effectively will it fulfill its goals, so I would suggest every university to join and work actively in its projects. Actions are needed and we are already late.
By Michaela Martin and Alexandra Waldhorn, IIEP-UNESCO and Taya Louise Owens, GEM Report UNESCO Affirmative action in higher education is a controversial topic for many. On the one hand, some believe strongly that it is the route to equitable access in tertiary education; others believe it can amount to unfair discrimination. The latest policy paper, […]
via Growing demand for higher education puts affirmative action in the spotlight — World Education Blog
UNESCO has called on governments never to allow student loan repayments to rise above 15% of their monthly incomes so that further expansion of higher education does not leave the disadvantaged behind.
It is one of six measures recommended to policy-makers to address equality and affordability of access.
- Keep an eye on the target: Make sure those who need help the most are getting it;
- Put it in law: Guarantee equity and affordability in regulatory frameworks;
- Step up monitoring: Establish national agencies to ensure equal opportunities;
- Vary admissions criteria: Use different admissions criteria to respond to different individuals’ needs;
- Provide varied student aid: Establish an agency to coordinate different forms of student aid, such as loans and grants;
- Limit student loan repayments to less than 15% of their annual income.
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