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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

Clark Atlanta University students Destiny Rudolph, Delaina Mims, Charles Finch and Jewel Cannon meet on the steps of the Joseph W. Woodruff Library, which is shared among four Atlanta colleges and universities. Higher-education institutions increasingly are pooling their resources to cut costs.

Colleges and universities join together to survive enrollment and financial problems

Many schools are setting up alliances to save on everything from software to security

Like their students, colleges are vastly increasing the amount they borrow

Hoping to boost enrollments with new features, institutions take on billions in debt

How one college’s death and rebirth offers lessons for the rest

Antioch College has become a textbook case for other troubled schools to study

Josh Caouette, a graduate student at Simmons College, crams for a test. Caouette is resigned to the cost of his degree. “If it’s helping others, that’s fine by me. I mean, I have to do it either way.”

In-demand graduate programs become a cash cow for colleges in financial distress

Some graduate students decry the strategy, but they’re “where the money is”

OPINION: When it comes to the job market, these higher ed practices give business students an edge (hint: they include the liberal arts)

Bentley University’s president discusses the new realities for campuses and the professional world

How slavery helped build many U.S. colleges and universities

Dozens of American colleges and universities are investigating their historic ties to the slave trade and debating how to atone. (function() { if (!window.mc4wp) { window.mc4wp = { listeners: [],…

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Golden parachutes for public college presidents burden already thin budgets

Even presidents who leave their campuses awash in red ink walk away with big payouts

Money tree

OPINION: How can we send students out into the world with huge college debt loads and not teach them what this means?

High schools, colleges and the federal government must start giving students the financial knowledge and skills they need

America has never had a merit-based system for college attendance

The new Justice Department plan against affirmative action takes us back a century or more

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