Higher Ed

Reports of MOOCs’ demise have been greatly exaggerated

By Craig Weidemann

Last year’s exuberance about the impact of massive open online courses has fizzled. MOOCs have been widely eulogized as “overpromised,” “off course,” and just plain “enough already!” This much ballyhooed and belittled phenomenon is clearly neither the cure for all that ails higher education, nor the end of colleges and universities as we know them. […]

Report: 31 million Americans have college credits, but no degree

By Jon Marcus

At a time when policymakers are struggling to increase the proportion of Americans with college and university degrees, more than 31 million people have already accumulated credits but quit without graduating, a new report shows. And while a third of those left after as little as a single term, about 21 million spent more than […]

Jason Bernal is CEO of the Yes Prep, charter school network with 13 schools in Houston, Texas.

Getting low income students to college takes more than just academics

By Jason Bernal

At a time when a college diploma is more important than ever to compete in the global economy, only 10% of students from low-income communities across the country who enroll in college are earning a degree. Pair that with the fact that the majority of African American and Latino students graduating high school don’t meet […]

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core

By Jon Marcus

America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the New America Foundation, which finds that “there is little […]

Adele Williams on the hills above Alice Lloyd College, where she and her classmates pay no tuition.

Free college idea picks up momentum

By Jon Marcus

Adele Williams hears from a lot of her friends from high school about their struggles to afford the cost of college. “I have a best friend who goes to a public university, and she’s in quite a lot of debt,” said Williams. Higher and higher tuition, she said, “is just a scary thought for people […]

Federal education data show male-female wage gap among young college graduates remains high

By Jill Barshay

Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years. The Pew Research Center, for example, calculated that young adult women (ages 25-34) earned 93 cents for each dollar […]

Students in the Fullbridge Program, which charges them for business knowledge critics of colleges say they ought to get there. (Photo: The Fullbridge Program)

Students paying extra for business skills they say they haven’t learned on campus

By Laura M. Colarusso

Ben Wei was already paying hefty tuition to earn a sociology degree from Bowdoin College, which charged nearly $57,000 at the time, but worried his classes weren’t teaching him skills he needed in the workplace. So he gave up his winter break just a semester before graduating and paid another $3,000 to take a three-week […]

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Colleges keep increasing discounts to keep students coming

By Jon Marcus

Colleges and universities continue to give record-high discounts on tuition, which is good news for students, but bad news for the institutions, a new report shows. The so-called discount rate—the amount of revenue that goes back out the door in the form of financial aid to fill seats—was projected to have grown to more than […]

Students leave a high school after they finished a Chinese literature exam, the first of four exams of the two-day college entrance exam, in Beijing Saturday, June 7, 2014. More than nine million students will compete in this year's national college entrance exam across China for less than seven million college seats. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

Concerns rise about cheating by Chinese applicants to U.S. colleges

By Timothy Pratt

The application essay from a student in China sounded much like thousands of others sent each year to the University of Washington at Seattle. “ ‘I did this,’ ” admissions officer Kim Lovaas remembers the essay saying, and, “ ‘I did that.’ ” Then she came to a phrase that stopped her short: “Insert girl’s […]

Report: Better health and child care could mean more Mississippi college graduates

By Kayleigh Skinner

Women attending Mississippi’s community colleges struggle to graduate on time, often because they are beset by a lack of child care options and insufficient financial aid, according to a recent report. Nationally, just 56 percent of women earn a degree in six years or less according to a survey conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy […]

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