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Mikhail Zinshteyn

Mikhail Zinshteyn contributes regularly to The Atlantic. His writing about education has also appeared in FiveThirtyEight, The National Journal, CityLab and other outlets. Born in the Soviet Union, Zinshteyn grew up in Los Angeles, completed his bachelor's degree at Union College, and earned his master's at the London School of Economics.

Recent Stories

Public universities have “really lost our focus”

Q&A with Christopher Newfield

College completion failures must be tackled in tandem with costs, report says

The Education Trust scolds federal, state governments for separating two related issues

The mindboggling barriers that colleges create — and that end up hurting their own students

Despite push for more graduates, problems such as library fines block completion

The “$500 million club” of colleges tends to be stingy with aid to low-income students

Endowment funds could be invested in students, Education Trust argues

Republican platform for higher ed: Less red tape and less money

GOP leaders say proposals can be gleaned from direction of Congress

College graduation rates rise, but racial gaps persist and men still out-earn women

George Washington University graduates Serena Williams, left, and Hannah Raymond, right, struggle against a strong wind as they pose for graduations pictures near the Washington Monument, Sunday, May…

States have cut money for higher education 17 percent since the recession, report finds

Some states are increasing spending, but not to pre-2008 levels

Financial aid “arms war” continues to drain cash from colleges

By offering steeper discounts to fill seats, institutions sap their revenue

Report: Last affordable options for college students are fast disappearing

The converging trends of falling state investment, rising tuition and stagnant incomes have finally pushed higher education out of the grasp of low- and middle-income Americans, even at community colleges,…

Former chancellors of research universities warn their future is in peril

New report urges dramatic changes to save a system that’s “breaking down”