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

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

How scholarship websites sell students’ information to colleges and publishers

The tradeoff, companies say? Those students could win money to pay for college

Good news for college applicants: Getting in is easier than they think

… or than many colleges and universities want them to know

How the immigration controversy could drive up the cost of college

Losing international students would cost U.S. universities billions in revenue

Study: Fast-rising room and board costs worsen college affordability problem

Food, dorm charges are increasing far faster than inflation, new calculations show

Colleges are pushed to stand behind what they sell with money-back guarantees

As prices rise, pressure to make schools share risk is winning broad bipartisan support

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Obama says failing to help everyone will drag down the economy. Here’s how research shows that’s true

Failing to get Hispanics to and through college will lower incomes for all, according to growing body of knowledge

A tough-to-swallow reason college keeps costing more: the price of meal plans

Students are having to fork over far more than what average Americans pay to eat

Who benefits from New York’s free college plan?

This story was originally published by the Education Writers Association and reprinted with permission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make tuition free year at New York’s public colleges and universities for…

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