Universities, Inc.

Universities run much like any other human institutions, something that seems as obvious as it has long been misunderstood. They need revenue, market themselves, and in general serve their self interest. We look at how American higher education operates in ways that many Americans may not know. See all our Special Reports

“Discovering” black teachers at HBCUs

Black people aren’t asking, Where are the black teachers?

They still value a degree, but Americans increasingly question the cost

Fifty-eight percent in new poll think colleges put their own interests ahead of students’

OPINION: ‘Small bites’ can’t substitute for a college degree

The path to upward mobility, personal development

Top universities could take thousands more low-income students, study says

Most elite schools have posted budget surpluses they could use to subsidize financial aid

OPINION: Why do high school seniors leave so much federal money on the table?

Positive reinforcement, other strategies to make new FAFSA policy more effective

With consumers pushing back against increased tuition, colleges seek new revenue

From selling produce to licensing logos for caskets, schools try to diversify their incomes

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Is the college degree outdated?

How small-bite credentials may trump college learning

Cal students at UC Berkeley on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Stop condemning high schools for college graduation rates

It’s time colleges took some responsibility for students who leave early

Placement rates, other data colleges provide consumers are often alternative facts

Advocates warn that calls for less regulation could result in even more misleading info

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