Universities, Inc.

Universities run much like any other human institutions, something that seems as obvious as it has long been misunderstood. They need revenue, market themselves, and in general serve their self interest. We look at how American higher education operates in ways that many Americans may not know.

small private colleges

As small private colleges keep closing, some are fighting back

The first step to a survival strategy: acknowledging that there’s a problem

Learning while you earn in college

A new study finds that students are more successful when they get work-study jobs that are relevant to their career interests

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

Career advising

Some colleges start using their long winter breaks to help students plan for jobs

Instead of staying shut down for weeks, a few bring back students early for career advice

OPINION: Universities around the world must do more to help refugees

How one European business school is working to meet the global challenge

A statue of George Mason on George Mason University's Fairfax campus in Fairfax, Virginia. The university offers digital badges rather than degrees or certificates for the completion of some courses.

As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

Policymakers try to bring consistency to what “microcredentials” actually mean

Fifth graders Davonayshia Hollis, left, and Denaya Rippey, review a group entrepreneurial project for a parent-approved music device, developed in a mentorship program, Thursday May 19, 2016, at Brooklyn's P.S. 307 in New York. Startups and established tech companies are providing a crash course in entrepreneurship, sending engineers and designers into public schools to mentor students.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

Internship programs that pair students with employers can help bridge the gap

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If Montana’s higher education property tax levy fails, “A lot of students aren’t going to be able to keep going to college,” says Kelly Armington, a University of Montana freshman majoring in communication studies.

Montana vote becomes a national referendum on public confidence in higher ed

A one-of-a-kind ballot question could be a bellwether of sentiment toward academia

Ebony McGee, a Vanderbilt University associate professor who studies diversity in education, in her office at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. McGee says black faculty at predominantly white institutions are either ignored or closely scrutinized. “They don’t want to stay in that toxic environment, so they leave.”

After colleges promised to increase it, hiring of black faculty declined

Data show the proportion of nonwhite faculty is far smaller than of nonwhite students

Tuition is being cut by about $25,000 this year to attract more students to Mills College in Oakland, California, one of several colleges and universities freezing or reducing tuition this fall in the face of an enrollment decline and consumer backlash.

Bending to the law of supply and demand, some colleges are dropping their prices

Cuts to advertised tuition come in the face of an enrollment drop and consumer backlash

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