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Delece Smith-Barrow

Delece Smith-Barrow is a senior editor for higher education at The Hechinger Report. She was a 2017 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying how top-tier universities are increasing the numbers of underrepresented minority faculty. Prior to joining The Hechinger Report, she was a reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and a producer, writer and editor at The Washington Post. She received a bachelor's degree from University of Maryland--College Park and a master's degree from Georgetown University. Much to the dismay of most journalists, she hates coffee. She does, however, love trampoline dodgeball and the best of the worst of reality TV.

Recent Stories

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Why are tribal college students slow to ask for financial aid?

A report about student experiences at tribal colleges and universities finds a lag in seeking aid, along with reluctance to take out loans

Princeton University, the site of this year’s Ivy League Veterans Council meeting, has 12 undergraduate military veterans, up from one just two years ago.

College spending comes under closer scrutiny

A new website shows trustees, lawmakers, administrators and families how colleges spend their money

Western Michigan sophomore Kayla Mayes has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. The Seita Scholars Program gives her academic, financial and emotional support.

From foster care to college

Western Michigan University is one of several colleges that have started programs to help foster youth earn degrees

New T-shirts in the campus bookstore symbolize the University of Central Florida's identity as one of the state's Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

As more Latinos go to college, schools vie to become Hispanic-Serving Institutions

But Hispanic advocates say the federal label doesn’t always mean colleges prioritize Latinos

As the cost of college increases, more families are saving for it

529 plans are getting larger, but can they cover college costs?

Change is on the way for the College Scorecard

In its current state, the College Scorecard is not very useful for low-income students

Black students default on college loans at a higher rate than others, study finds

Consequences can be severe for those who default

One solution for boosting Latino graduation rates

A new initiative aims to increase the number of older, Latino student graduates

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., speaks at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention. She recently said many politicians who are considered good legislators help for-profit colleges.

Maxine Waters chastises for-profit colleges and DeVos Leadership

“One of the biggest rip-offs and scandals in government”

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Quantifying the risks of working while in college

Low-income students who work are less likely to excel in their studies

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