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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

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”

college job

Quantifying the risks of working while in college

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

Is college enrollment among older adults increasing? Depends who you ask

The latest federal report clashes with other estimates

student loans

What happens when a borrower defaults on student loans

Defaulting on federal student loans can be as bad as it sounds

A graduate student working in science lab.

Too little aid for low-income STEM majors?

With an extra financial-aid boost, low-income students more likely to study science, technology, engineering or math, study finds

Student borrowers

Would proposed borrower-defense rules help or harm indebted students?

New federal regulations have been proposed for student borrowers who want debt relief

With the new ‘Aim Higher Act,’ House Democrats want states to make community college free

Democrats’ proposed bill contrasts with Republicans’ ‘Prosper Act’ on several issues

Participants from the college’s Summer Bridge program traditionally leave their mark on campus in the school colors of black, purple and gold.

Can ‘work colleges’ in cities become a low-cost, high-value model for the future?

The nation’s first urban work college will open a second site in Texas and launch a work-college consortium

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