Kalamazoo Promise

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The last decade has brought a number of imitators to the Kalamazoo Promise. Michelle Miller-Adams chronicled the spread of those programs in Promise Nation: Transforming Communities Through Place Based Scholarships. 


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The Director of Western Michigan University's Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations says the Kalamazoo Promise is making a difference. But Tim Ready says addressing poverty and inequality means also addressing factors outside of school. 


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A new report from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research finds more students are graduating from college because of the Kalamazoo Promise. Economist Tim Bartik says it increases the chances of a student earning a degree by about one-third. 


"KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Promise "significantly" increases college college graduation rates and offers a substantial return on the dollars spent, according to the first major study of the scholarship program's post-secondary outcomes." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran says the past few weeks at the college have "quite tumultuous." She says threats that included hate speech made people feel unsafe at the college. "It was simply horrible." 


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