Higher Ed Watch

How public colleges use merit aid to compete in the out-of-state student arms race

  The University of Alabama’s dominance on the football field is legendary. The Crimson Tide’s success comes from aggressive recruiting around the…

Leveling the playing field for low-income students

An interview with an elite private school counselor who quit for a job in the inner city

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Concord, N.H.

Hillary Clinton should acknowledge that tuition tax breaks don’t work

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Concord, N.H.

Which college will replace Wash U. as the least socioeconomically diverse in the country?

For years, Washington University in St. Louis has held the dubious distinction of being the least socioeconomically diverse college in the country. That’s about to change. In January, the…

A ‘promising’ way to help low-income students to and through college

Gap in college-going between richest and poorest students remains same as in 1970s, when Congress created Pell Grants

Demonstrators struggle with police with a barricade in front of a closed off building on the University of California, Berkeley on the Berkeley, Calif., campus, Friday,. Nov. 20, 2009, during a demonstration against university fee hikes and layoffs.

Are public universities becoming bastions of privilege?

In 2000, 90 percent of UC Berkeley freshmen came from California; by 2012, it was down to 71 percent. Why?

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