[News 11/6/07] The College Advising Corps will be huge.


gradHIGHER EDUCATION
“Adviser gives students that extra little nudge” – The College Advising Corps program, “paid for in part by a $10 million grant by [WG member] the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, aims to open the doors of higher education to more poor and minority students.” (News&Observer, 11/6) 

You heard it here first: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s “College Advising Corps” (update: here’s the new site) initiative is destined to spread across the nation. At one participating Virginia high school, the rate of senior class members admitted to college jumped by 20 percent in one year. They achieve such results by paying one recent college grad $20,000 in stipends and a $5,000 scholarship. That’s a pretty good ROI.

AWARDS
“Foundation to honor leaders of nonprofits with grants” (Examiner, 11/5) – The D.C.-based Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation [made] five $100,000 awards to regional nonprofit leaders Monday night.”

HEALTH
[D.C.] Obesity Study Finds Wide Racial Divide in the District – “The District was the clear leader of the group, with an 8 percent rate of obesity among whites and a 31 percent rate among blacks. ‘What we can say is that Washington is a poster child for disparities…'” (WaPo, 11/6)

[Va.] “Virginia immunized 4 percent fewer children this year than last and plunged from a ranking of fifth in the nation to 21st in that area, according to a comprehensive national health report released Monday by the United Health Foundation.”

And if you live in Virginia, don’t forget to vote today!