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Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt is a reporter based outside Atlanta; he writes about subjects ranging from soccer to media to higher education, in English and Spanish, for a range of outlets that includes the NY Times, the Guardian and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Recent Stories

Defying political pushback, private colleges quietly enroll undocumented students

Outside financial support helps, but post-election realities may overcome bold rhetoric

Many Hispanic students never have a teacher who looks like them

A program in Tennessee is trying to change that

Why more black students are enrolling in historically black colleges

In the era of Black Lives Matter, some students feel safer on majority-black campuses

Needing students, Appalachian colleges reach out to fast-growing Hispanic population

Small liberal-arts schools and low-income Hispanic students suddenly have a common interest

The new North-South divide: public higher education

Southern universities and colleges are disproportionately losing funding, students

Students are enlisted to help flailing classmates deal with money matters

Lack of basic financial knowledge and advice is aggravating student debt, defaults

Colleges offer microgrants to help low-income students pay bills that can derail them

Small financial woes thwart growing numbers who are painfully close to getting their degrees

College “bait and switch”

Financial aid often declines after freshman year. Little-known practice threatens graduation rates, raises debt, say experts

Josh Bergeleen credits his college with helping him discover his identity. Many colleges are competing to recruit gay students.

Colleges see gay students as a new market

Josh Bergeleen was raised in a fundamentalist Christian home in Austin, Texas, where, growing up, he “didn’t know that gay was a thing.” He came out at 18, shortly after…

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Has this new online college program solved the MOOC problem?

ATLANTA – Dary Merckens was in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, several weeks before moving to Las Vegas. He was also entering his second month in a master’s degree…