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How to Help College-Bound Students Avoid the ‘Summer Melt’

Posted on · (Above: Students listen to an instructor at one of the campuses of Houston’s Lone Star College. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) In the summer between high school and college, some graduates enroll in a college or university but never show up in the fall. In higher education circles, the phenomenon is called “summer […]

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Virginia Shooting, Political Roundup, and the Effect of Music on Your Brain: Wednesday’s Show (June 14, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Two people hug in an area blocked off by police crime scene tape in Alexandria, Va., after a shooting during a congressional baseball practice June 14, 2017. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) We’re learning more about this morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., during a Republican Congressional baseball practice. Members of Congress and their […]

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DiverseCity: The Perspective of a First-Generation College Graduate

Posted on · We meet Houstonian Yolanda Norman. She’s originally from Memphis and has been in Houston since 2007. She’s a first-generation college graduate and is currently a doctoral student. She talks about the rarity of women of color in tenured faculty at universities and about her experience as the first in her family to go to college. She […]

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How Prevalent Is The “Summer Melt” Among Houston Students?

Posted on · In the summer between high school and college, some graduates enroll but never show up in the fall. In higher education circles, the phenomenon is called “summer melt.” The U.S. Department of Education estimates as many as 10 to 20% of students nationwide plan to go to college, and then don’t. Some do so for financial […]

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Programs Help First-Generation College Students Succeed

Posted on · Almost one third of all U.S. undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. They’re called first-generation students, and they face a lot of challenges to reach college. Then, once they get on campus, they’re more likely to leave higher education. At the University of St. Thomas, there’s a group to support first-generation students. […]