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The New York Times

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the nation’s cash-strapped prison education system. Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,… Read More

Inside Higher Education

A College in the Library

The local public library is a treasured (if sometimes forgotten) American institution, free and open to all. Recognizing this, Bard College has opened a satellite college in the main branch of the public library in Brooklyn, N.Y., offering disadvantaged students a free pathway to… Read More

Library Journal

Bard and Brooklyn Public Library Partner for Microcollege

Bard College, a private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) have partnered to launch a “microcollege”—an innovative undergraduate program for nontraditional students—at BPL’s Central Library in Prospect Heights. Bard at Brooklyn Public Library is designed to give the experience… Read More

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A Matter of Degree: Helping Young Moms Succeed

From day one, teachers encourage the young mothers in the Care Center’s dynamic high-school equivalency program to set their sights on higher education. And the message seems to take. Three quarters of students who earn their GED enroll in college. But when the Holyoke, Mass.,… Read More