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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 looming decline of the public research university

Cuts in research funding have left midwestern state schools—and the economies they support—struggling to survive

A student at Guttman Community College in New York City reads before the start of a class. Momentum is building to give associate degrees to students who have left community colleges but earned enough credits to get one.

States connect students with degrees they don’t know they’ve earned

To help catch up to lagging education targets, states reach out to non-grads

Like their students, colleges are vastly increasing the amount they borrow

Hoping to boost enrollments with new features, institutions take on billions in debt

When Dustin Gordon arrived at the University of Iowa, he found himself taking lecture classes with more people in them than his entire hometown of Sharpsburg, Iowa, population 89.

The high school grads least likely in America to go to college? Rural ones

Fewer than one in five rural adults aged 25 and older have college degrees, federal data show

How one college’s death and rebirth offers lessons for the rest

Antioch College has become a textbook case for other troubled schools to study

How to save the humanities? Make them a requirement toward a business degree

One Canadian university sets out to prove the value of the humanities in lucrative careers

Josh Caouette, a graduate student at Simmons College, crams for a test. Caouette is resigned to the cost of his degree. “If it’s helping others, that’s fine by me. I mean, I have to do it either way.”

In-demand graduate programs become a cash cow for colleges in financial distress

Some graduate students decry the strategy, but they’re “where the money is”

Golden parachutes for public college presidents burden already thin budgets

Even presidents who leave their campuses awash in red ink walk away with big payouts

Older cadets at Air Force Academy are a sign of the times in higher education

Running short of 18-year-olds, civilian colleges also need to recruit more older students

The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

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

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