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Higher Education Editor

Jon Marcus

Jon Marcus, higher-education editor, has written about higher education for the Washington Post, USA Today, Time, the Boston Globe, Washington Monthly, is North America higher-education correspondent for the Times (U.K.) Higher Education magazine, and contributed to the book Reinventing Higher Education. His Hechinger coverage has won national awards from the Education Writers Association and he was a finalist for an award for beat reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The former editor of Boston magazine, Marcus holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Bates College. A journalism instructor at Boston College, he says he ends up learning from his students far more than he teaches them.

Recent Stories

The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

Escalating grade inflation at wealthy high schools is another blow to poor kids

The new minority on campus? Men

As enrollment declines, colleges reach out to high school boys

Colleges say they could lower tuition if they could talk to each other about it

Some want to be freed from antitrust law, which regards such consultation as price-fixing

There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago

The problem is worst in the Midwest and the Northeast

Bureaucratic costs at some colleges are twice what’s spent on instruction

New report urges boards of trustees to constrain continuing administrative bloat

Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment

New strategies include changing academic offerings and lowering prices

They still value a degree, but Americans increasingly question the cost

Fifty-eight percent in new poll think colleges put their own interests ahead of students’

As graduates obsess about jobs, colleges cut spending on career services

Higher education institutions have collectively reduced career budgets 11.4 percent

Top universities could take thousands more low-income students, study says

Most elite schools have posted budget surpluses they could use to subsidize financial aid

With consumers pushing back against increased tuition, colleges seek new revenue

From selling produce to licensing logos for caskets, schools try to diversify their incomes

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