Higher Ed

Tony L. Talbert

An education prof. goes back to high school, finds technology is no longer a tool but a context

By Tony L. Talbert and Jason Trumble

Every student arrived with a smartphone. Ask a question, and instantly, thumbs began to effortlessly search for a digital answer. High school history had changed during my 21 year absence from teaching it. Now a professor of education at Baylor University, I returned to a local area public high school last fall on a research […]

Students in Oglala Lakota’s automotive program work on a car in the first week of classes. Administrators say there aren’t enough jobs at area mechanics to go around after graduation. (Photo: Sarah Butrymowicz)

Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money

By Sarah Butrymowicz

FORT YATES, North Dakota — Breanne Lugar says the only reason she enrolled in college was so she could move away from the house she shared on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with her parents, her boyfriend, and her five children. “I never wanted to come to school,” says Lugar, 26, who signed up at […]

University of North Dakota. (Photo: University of North Dakota)

Why two states have poured money into public higher education

By Jon Marcus

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — Construction cranes sprout like stalks of wheat from the windswept, tabletop-flat campus of the University of North Dakota. More than a quarter of a billion dollars’ worth of new facilities are going up here or have been opened in the last few years. Another $80 million is being spent at […]

A 300 student classroom at University of Windsor, Canada.

How poorly designed classroom space puts student learning at risk

By Lennie Scott-Webber

Space matters. For over 200 years we have been teaching in row-by-column seating. Many experts argue that this classroom style has conditioned both educators and students to ineffectively utilize space. Researchers have said that space affects human behavior in powerful ways. So it is striking to realize that in education, empirical research on space is […]

What happened to students who entered college in 2008. Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Graduation rates are down, not up, since economic downturn

By Jon Marcus

University and college graduation rates have declined since the beginning of the economic downturn, according to a new report, even as policymakers prod universities and colleges to turn out more people with degrees. While enrollment has gone up since 2008, the proportion of students who graduated has gone down, the report, by the National Student […]

Georgia Regents University, formed from the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. (Photo by Georgia Regents University)

Colleges and universities charge more, keep less, new report finds

By Jon Marcus

Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports. The squeeze could threaten further cuts in services even as tuition continues to increase. A quarter of colleges and universities are projecting declines in revenue, according to a […]

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Spiraling graduate student debt raises alarms

By Jon Marcus

An Army veteran, Anthony Manfre paid for his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees mostly with his GI Bill benefits, although he also took out $4,000 worth of student loans. “At the time, I thought that was a lot,” he said. “And now I look back and wish I only owed that much.” That’s because Manfre went […]

Students at The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science take notes during a science class. Students at the state-funded residential high school have access to laboratory equipment that rivals most colleges. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

Mississippi makes progress preparing students for college, but improvements still necessary

By Kayleigh Skinner

Mississippi has taken important steps to help prepare students for success in higher education, but more needs to be done to address disparities, according to a recently released report. The Blueprint for College Readiness, released last month by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), examined which states adopted policies the commission identified as critical […]

Learning is like sex, and other reasons the liberal arts will remain relevant

By Leon Botstein

A minor avalanche of defense, both of the liberal arts and the humanities, has been triggered by the transformation of the economy and the world of work. Technology, particularly in the information sciences and biology, has placed science and engineering at the forefront as timely and useful areas of study. And the sustained loss of […]

Financial benefits of popular short-term certificates questioned

By Jon Marcus

Hugely popular short-term certificates—educational credentials designed to be completed within one year, and being pushed by community colleges and other higher-education institutions—provide almost no financial return to students, according to new research. While earning an associate’s degree or long-term certificate results in a higher likelihood of finding a job, and at a higher salary, short-term […]

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