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Mikhail Zinshteyn

Mikhail Zinshteyn contributes regularly to The Atlantic. His writing about education has also appeared in FiveThirtyEight, The National Journal, CityLab and other outlets. Born in the Soviet Union, Zinshteyn grew up in Los Angeles, completed his bachelor's degree at Union College, and earned his master's at the London School of Economics. He also serves as program manager at the Education Writers Association.

Recent Stories

Who benefits from New York’s free college plan?

This story was originally published by the Education Writers Association and reprinted with permission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make tuition free year at New York’s public colleges and universities for…

New Poll: College grads unhappy with the career services they’re getting

More than half say their career offices were unhelpful or only somewhat helpful

Colleges face a new reality, as the number of high school graduates will decline

An increase in low-income and minority-group students will challenge colleges to serve them better

Public universities have “really lost our focus”

Q&A with Christopher Newfield

College completion failures must be tackled in tandem with costs, report says

The Education Trust scolds federal, state governments for separating two related issues

The mindboggling barriers that colleges create — and that end up hurting their own students

Despite push for more graduates, problems such as library fines block completion

The “$500 million club” of colleges tends to be stingy with aid to low-income students

Endowment funds could be invested in students, Education Trust argues

Republican platform for higher ed: Less red tape and less money

GOP leaders say proposals can be gleaned from direction of Congress

College graduation rates rise, but racial gaps persist and men still out-earn women

George Washington University graduates Serena Williams, left, and Hannah Raymond, right, struggle against a strong wind as they pose for graduations pictures near the Washington Monument, Sunday, May…

States have cut money for higher education 17 percent since the recession, report finds

Some states are increasing spending, but not to pre-2008 levels