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Getting into college is one thing, but staying in school and graduating can be a difficult task for some of the country’s most vulnerable students. What more can colleges and universities do to retain minority, low-income, foster and veteran students? NewsHour held a special Twitter chat on college retention rates as part 3 of our series on higher education.
Our guests included Jon Marcus (@JonMarcusBoston), education reporter for the Hechinger Report. Marcus offers an in-depth look at college retention rates in the U.S. compared to countries around the world. We were also joined by Rusul Alrubail, whose experiences as a refugee shaped her career as an educator and writer on teacher development of cultural pedagogy. Rassan Salandy (@possefoundation) of the Posse Foundation also took part in the conversation. The foundation works with minority and low-income public high school students as well as military servicemen to provide support throughout their college matriculation.
Take a look at our recap below.
Kenya Downs is the digital reporter and producer for PBS NewsHour’s Race Matters and education verticals, creating multimedia content for online and television centered on issues of race and social justice, including exploring the intersection of identity and culture with education reform and policy. Kenya also contributes content related to the Caribbean region for NewsHour's international coverage. She’s previously worked with National Public Radio, Al-Jazeera Media Network and CBS News. Kenya is a graduate of both Howard University and American University and is based in Washington, D.C.
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