‘Pushy Moms’ push students
In New York, LaGuardia Community College students are
getting a little extra help in applying to four-year colleges and
universities thanks to “Pushy Moms.” The group of women, who
have all helped their own children with college applications, work
with LGCC students to keep them on track with the application
process. Now in its second application season, Pushy Moms have
worked with about two dozen high-performing LGCC students.
Many of the students transferred to City University of New York
colleges, but a few transferred to private institutions such as
Amherst College and Syracuse University.
Read about Pushy Moms in the Hechinger Report: bit.ly/20QW9nl.
Nearly 5. 2 million U.S. undergraduate students
spend a total of $1.5 billion dollars of financial
aid on textbooks every semester, according to
a study by the U. S. Public Interest Research
Group. The cost of a college textbook increased
by 73 percent since 2006, and this is disproportionately affecting community college
students. Fifty percent of community college
students surveyed reported using financial
aid for books at community colleges. That’s
compared to 28 percent for undergraduates at
four-year public institutions.
The good news? More colleges and universities are turning to openly licensed textbooks,
which are free to download and affordable in
print. Read U.S. PIRG’s study: bit.ly/1KWvMsi.
The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations is the leading professional development
organization for two-year college communicators. Key to NCMPR’s success is the support of college
presidents who understand the importance of telling the community college story. With this in mind,
NCMPR each year recognizes a select group of two-year college presidents for their outstanding
leadership in marketing and public relations. NCMPR is pleased to celebrate this year’s Pacesetters!
Dr. H. Jeffrey Rafn
Pacesetter of the Year
2015 DISTRICT Pacesetters of the Year
Dr. Chris Duree
NCMPR Celebrates This Year’s Pacesetters