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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

HBCU international students

HBCUs open their doors wider to international students

The colleges are bringing in foreign students to give their campuses more international flavor, and help with the bottom line

Successfully replicating the Meyerhoff STEM scholars program

Study shows two universities have begun to match UMBC’s model of STEM achievement

federal work study program

Do federal work-study jobs prepare students for careers – and should they?

The Trump Administration proposes cutting work-study funding almost by half

Despite high costs, new poll shows most young adults think a four-year degree is worth it

Those most likely to suffer the burden of college debt believe it’s usually worth the investment

tribal colleges

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

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