Jon Marcus
Jon Marcus, higher-education editor, has written about higher education for the Washington Post, USA Today, Time,, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, Washington Monthly, and other magazines and newspapers. He also is the North America higher-education correspondent for the Times (U.K.) Higher Education magazine. His Hechinger higher-education coverage has won national awards from the Education Writers Association and he was a finalist for an award for beat reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The former editor of Boston magazine, Marcus holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Bates College. He teaches journalism at Boston College and Boston University.

New figures show proportion of people with degrees is up

The proportion of Americans with college and university degrees continues to rise slowly, according to new figures, and young adults in particular are picking up the pace of earning academic degrees. But other countries continue to outdo the United States in educational attainment, the report, by the Lumina Foundation, shows. At a time when demand […]

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

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 […]

Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees

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 […]

Barriers to credit transfers lower graduation rates, new study finds

Universities’ unwillingness to award academic credit to community-college students for courses they already took is driving down graduation rates for the increasing number of people following that route to a degree, according to new research. If not for the loss of academic credits when students transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities, 54 […]

College, federal financial aid increasingly benefits the rich

It’s not just colleges and universities that are shifting their financial aid from lower-income to higher-income students. Tuition tax credits and other tax breaks to offset the cost of higher education—nearly invisible federal government subsidies for families that send their kids to college—also disproportionally benefit more affluent Americans. So do tax-deductible savings plans and the […]

Poorer families are bearing the brunt of college price hikes, data show

America’s colleges and universities are quietly shifting the burden of their big tuition increases onto low-income students, while many higher-income families are seeing their college costs rise more slowly, or even fall, an analysis of federal data shows. It’s a trend financial-aid experts and some university administrators worry will further widen the gap between the […]

Ranks of nonacademic staffs at colleges continues to outpace enrollment, faculty

The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty, according to an analysis of federal figures

Gallup will survey college graduates’ outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC – In a new attempt to judge the value of a higher education against which any campus can measure itself, the Gallup research organization will poll graduates nationwide about their success and happiness The survey, which will begin this week, will ask 30,000 graduates of four-year universities questions that can help determine whether […]

Tests to get into college now being followed by tests to get out

On weekend mornings all this winter, anxious high school juniors and seniors will be filing into school cafeterias to sweat through the SAT, ACT, and similar college entrance examinations as stern-looking proctors hover over them. Such tests are among the long-established requirements for getting into college. But something new is afoot: Increasingly, students have to […]

Humanities majors don’t fare as badly as portrayed, new earnings report says

People who major in the humanities and social sciences don’t earn as much as their classmates in the physical and natural sciences, math, or engineering, but the gap is not as wide as has been portrayed. That’s the message of a new report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, which represents liberal-arts colleges […]

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