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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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Canceled research, sports, recitals — college students are coping with more than closed campuses

Job fairs and internships have also been shut down, along with competitions and graduate school exams

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Congress gets a proposal to spend $400 million on creating more apprenticeships

A message being heard more often and more loudly: College isn’t the only route to success

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Trump’s budget would slash support for low-income students

Budget proposal unlikely to pass, but indicates an outlook on higher education

In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 photo, Xavier University student Triton Brown studies in a common area on campus before going to one of his part time jobs in New Orleans. Thousands of students unexpectedly either had to stay at home, transfer to a less expensive school or find new money when the U.S. Department of Education quietly changed how it evaluated the credit of parents applying for a federal PLUS loan. Brown, a Milwaukee native who is a freshman at Xavier University of Louisiana, said his family was counting on a PLUS loan, but his mother's application was rejected after he had been accepted the previous semester.

Longer road to the B.A. for many black students

New study shows black students, on average, spend a year longer in college than whites

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More students are leaving college without a degree

More future jobs will require a college degree, yet more students are dropping out with no credential

Black college students in Illinois get the short end of the financial stick

Illinois is spending more on higher ed overall but less on financial aid, as pension plans gobble funding

Many HBCUs are teetering between surviving and thriving

These storied schools are largely responsible for the nation’s black middle class. They are also on the brink of financial ruin.

Hispanic-serving institutions set to lose $100 million

Congressional leaders disagree about how to continue funding for colleges that serve minority students

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

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