Higher Ed

Needing revenue, old universities open new campuses where the students are

By Timothy Pratt

There aren’t any Greek columns or sprawling green lawns at Northeastern University’s satellite campus in Charlotte, N.C., which consists of the 11th story of an office building in the middle of the uptown district. The location is no accident. Charlotte is among the nation’s top 10 fastest growing cities with populations greater than one million, […]

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State among the worst in awarding degrees to Hispanics may surprise you

By Jon Marcus

With a population more than twice as Hispanic as the national average, California has a lower-than-average proportion of Hispanics with college or university educations, and no institution among the top five for awarding them degrees, according to a new study. The state is 38 percent Hispanic, compared to the national average of 17 percent. But […]

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Photo: Jeffrey Keeler)

Students from rural areas less likely to go to four-year colleges, top universities

By Jackie Mader

Students in rural counties are less likely to attend college, and those who do are less likely to choose a four-year, private, or highly selective institution, according to a recent report.

St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus. (Photo: St. Petersburg College)

Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees

By Jon Marcus

CLEARWATER, Fla. – In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins. It’s an unusually small group for a bachelor’s degree-level course in biology. At four-year universities, classes like this are often taught in […]

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brock Jones, 128th MPAD)

Ten ways to make college more friendly to veterans

By Karen Gross

As we reflect on the diversity of students enrolling in America’s colleges and universities, our attention must turn to our veterans, especially those who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us currently serving as college presidents and trustees are Baby Boomers who haven’t served in the military, and some of us are […]

Karen R. Lawrence

What value really means in higher education

By Karen R. Lawrence

In the debates reframing higher education, there is no discussion as heated as the one focused on the value a student receives from attending college.  Yet inherent in this debate is a false dichotomy—one that places getting a job upon graduation in opposition to what may seem like a more abstract life-long value. At Sarah […]

Newly minted teachers in 2012 on average owe $429 a month

By Jill Barshay

Should future teachers be taking out massive loans to get their master’s of education degrees? A March 26, 2014 report by the New America Foundation points out that as much as 40 percent of the $1 trillion in student debt outstanding was borrowed not for college, but to pay for grad school. And some 80% […]


Yale president takes reins at online education outfit

By Anya Kamenetz

Coursera, the largest MOOC platform, announced today that Richard Levin will be coming on board as CEO. Levin was president of Yale University for 20 years before stepping down in 2013. “Technology,” Levin said in the press release, “now gives us the means to extend the reach of high quality education around the world and […]

Santa Rosa Junior College

College students bypassing degrees on purpose

By Eddie Small

Kevin Floerke has been down this route before. A student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California, Floerke, 26 years old, already graduated in 2010 from UCLA, where he majored in archaeology. This time, however, he’s not after a degree. He’s just trying to master a set of techniques and technologies that will help […]

HBX features interactive video lessons and the ability to converse and connect with other students.

Harvard launches its first online business school

By Kirk Carapezza

One of the world’s most prestigious business schools is going digital. After much anticipation, Harvard Business School is launching its first online learning initiative.

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