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.

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

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 […]

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core

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 […]

Free college idea picks up momentum

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 […]

Colleges keep increasing discounts to keep students coming

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 […]

Policy groups urge using tax credits to improve college performance

WASHINGTON, DC – Skeptical that Congress will end tuition tax credits they say disproportionately benefit higher- rather than lower-income students, advocates for reform want the tax breaks to at least be used to encourage colleges to raise their graduation rates and reduce borrowing. Among their other proposals, a consortium of groups pushing for changes in […]

Higher education scrambles to get ready for the Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In sterile, air-conditioned conference rooms across the state, educators will be gathering this summer to prepare for the new standards soon to be in place in most of the nation’s kindergartens through high schools called Common Core. But the people at these meetings won’t be primary- or secondary-school teachers. They’ll be university […]

Colleges try to speed up pace at which students earn degrees

INDIANAPOLIS — In the year since they graduated together, Daranie Ounchaidee still runs into a lot of her friends from high school. After all, they ended up commuting to the same community college, where those classmates stopped to commiserate in the corridors about the twists, turns, and missteps they’d already taken on their paths to […]

State regulators going easy on for-profit colleges, consumer group says

While state law-enforcement authorities are cracking down on abuses by private, for-profit colleges and universities, state regulators are doing little to prevent those abuses in the first place, a new report contends. Related stories States crack down on for-profit universities Poorer families are bearing the brunt of college price hikes, data show College students bypassing […]

How a college with 340 students went through $220 million in five years

Olin College, with its sleek, glass-walled buildings around a peaceful grass oval, has earned glowing international attention for the successful ways it has pioneered the teaching of undergraduate engineering.

Report: student debt slowing graduates’ accumulation of wealth

Student-loan debt is slowing the accumulation of wealth for younger Americans, who have managed to amass only one-seventh as much money as people with similar incomes and no student loans, according to a new report. The analysis, by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, finds that households headed by college graduates who didn’t have to borrow […]

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