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With graduation season looming, many high school seniors may already be looking forward to the postsecondary horizon ahead. College applications are submitted, and students may feel inclined to take their foot off of the gas during the spring semester. Yet, even for seniors whose college acceptances arrive in the near future, barriers remain on the road to college that can contribute to high rates of “summer melt” – the phenomenon that college-intending high school graduates fail to successfully transition to college.

Nationally, we estimate that approximately 10 percent of students who by high school graduation are on the path to college fail to matriculate. This rate is even higher among low-income students. Across the country, the number of students who melt each year would...

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Currently, there is a unique opportunity for the global scientific community to significantly contribute to sustainable futures through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) process. A critical issue now under debate in the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDGs is how they should deal with urban issues.1 At stake is whether there should be a stand-alone urban goal (and what it might be), and a choice between the alternatives of dedicated sub-national reporting or a continuation of the situation that prevailed under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are set to expire in 2015.

Decision making within the UN system is confined to 193 member states. While many of these are sympathetic to ensuring that urban questions are squarely addressed, some are...

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The 21st century is a pivotal moment of tremendous historical and technological changes and overwhelming challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. While this era will bring difficulties for some, at Nabbesh, we believe...
In a school art room, 20-year-old Mostafa slips on an apron over his gray sweater. He touches the canvas spread across a table. "Mostafa, want to paint here?" asks his teacher, pointing to the design stencilled on the canvas. She offers...
There is a defining moment in the life of any human being, a touching and profound turning point that changes destinies and rearranges papers and priorities, and a moment you remember all your life because it represents the birth of a part...
It is time to transform the status quo for working women in the GCC through innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. It's clear that globally, women face a host of challenges to full economic participation. It is the year 2014 and less...
Pakistan is one of the bottom 10 countries with regards to the participation of women in the workforce, according to World Bank Statistics. A similar situation exists in almost all countries that share borders with Pakistan. Are women...
Shannon Farhoud, based in Doha, Qatar is the creator of “Behind the Empowered Woman”, a photography gallery that looks at what goes into being an empowered woman in the Arab World. The gallery will look at women between the ages of 18-100...