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Higher Education Editor

Jon Marcus

Jon Marcus, higher-education editor, has written about higher education for the Washington Post, USA Today, Time, the Boston Globe, Washington Monthly, is North America higher-education correspondent for the Times (U.K.) Higher Education magazine, and contributed to the book Reinventing Higher Education. His Hechinger coverage has won national awards from the Education Writers Association and he was a finalist for an award for beat reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The former editor of Boston magazine, Marcus holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Bates College. A journalism instructor at Boston College, he says he ends up learning from his students far more than he teaches them.

Recent Stories

student success in college

Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices

As helicoptered students flounder, counselors step in with “metaphorical hand-holding”

Where education systems stumble, grassroots groups step in to raise success rates

Civic, business leaders are alternately helping and compelling the pros to up their game

university research

Think universities are making lots of money from inventions? Think again

Some institutions are working to improve weak returns from licensing and patents

Is California saving higher education?

Spending money to find solutions to some of higher ed’s biggest problems

tuition free colleges

How one country with close parallels to the United States has made college free

The experience exposes the risks, rewards of increasingly popular free-tuition programs

In one country, women now outnumber men in college by two to one

It’s only the most extreme example of a worldwide trend that includes the U.S.

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

Many schools are trying strategies from the business world to stay afloat

The students disappearing fastest from American campuses? Middle-class ones

Anxious about diversity and their bottom lines, more schools offer money to the middle

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

In lieu of regulating universities, Trump administration encourages them to furnish students with information on expenses and results — but some of the data is inaccurate

Already stretched grad students rebel against rising and often surreptitious fees

Universities seeking revenue levy “academic excellence” and other non-tuition charges