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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

A bid to show which colleges are worth the money reveals some surprises

Latest “gainful-employment” data show problems are not limited to for-profit schools

If the anger that propelled Trump’s win is economic, can higher education fix it?

People without degrees—who largely voted for Trump—were left behind by the recovery

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Half of college graduates are uncertain whether their degrees were worth the money

How failing to get more Hispanics to college could drag down all Americans’ income

New research warns the persistent education gap endangers the entire national economy

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Germany’s recent shift to making higher education free has brought surprises

Donald Trump says one university spent $150 million a year complying with government red tape

Reporting by The Hechinger Report revealed that this is, at best, a huge exaggeration

University bureaucracies grew 15 percent during the recession, even as budgets were cut and tuition increased

But numbers also show some are centralizing services, which could save money

The business decision segregating college students by income and race

In a bid for revenue, campuses build pricey new dorms many can’t afford

A solution as obvious as it is rare: Making high school graduates ready for college

A few states have started intervening in high school to help students avoid remediation