Higher Ed

Graduates line up for their procession before the Berkshire Community College commencement ceremony at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. on Friday, May 30, 2014.

How a state where community colleges have been an afterthought is turning that around

Community colleges in Massachusetts are at an historic turning point.

Tristan Wright-Crishon works in a music technology lab at Queensborough Community College.

Free community college could cost more than we think

Why Obama’s plan alone can’t close the achievement gap; the three “C’s”

Students walk across campus at the University of Vermont on Monday, April 30, 2012 in Burlington, Vt.

How an oversupply of PhDs could threaten American science

Universities keep churning them out as cheap labor for labs, even though they face long odds of getting jobs

Location, location, location: Are top universities too far away from low-income high school graduates?

Community college students transfer to the closest four-year college, not the best

As a whole new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards

Competency education offers credit for experience, but who decides? Critics worry whether competency-based education is growing too fast for standards to be set.

Rio Hondo College, a community college near Los Angeles.

Critics question Obama’s free community college idea

Students, experts pick apart the pros and cons of proposal meant to speed up degrees

Q&A with Shaun Harper: Fix the system, and black and brown men will follow

A new national collaborative explicitly aimed at improving outcomes for boys and men of color pivots from the current narrative and focuses on institutions that reduce the quality of life…


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Colleges appeal to Congress to cut regulations they say drive up costs

But Senate committee process shut out advocates for students, parents, taxpayers

Students are returning to for-profit colleges

For-profit colleges have figured how to woo younger students. Declining enrollment persists at public community college.

The unexpected reason some in higher ed fear free community college

With enrollment already falling, small private campuses struggle to compete