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.

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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

Students for Fair Admissions vs Harvard

Making elite colleges white again

Suing to eliminate consideration of race in college admissions undoes decades of progress

Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

In hiring companies known as online program managers, universities give up what is often a large share of revenues

black athletes

Black athletes have a trump card they are not using enough

What would happen if they wielded their economic and cultural power collectively?

Luxury private student housing further divides rich and poor on campuses

Developers are pouring billions into buildings with pools, hot tubs, gyms and saunas

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

Already stretched grad students rebel against rising and often surreptitious fees

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

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College students are increasingly forgoing summers off to save money, stay on track

But with many four-year campuses shut down, students are turning to local community colleges

certificate programs

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

When government turns a blind eye, for-profit colleges fail to fulfill promise of a fast path to a new career and leave students in debt

Erin Nelson, a recruiter from Iowa State University, talks with Emily Behrendsen, 17, and her mother, Diana, at a college fair in Pasadena, California. Emily’s older brother is going to Alaska for college, Diana Behrendsen says. “I just feel like they need to go where they can thrive and be happy.”

As college enrollment falls, recruiters descend on a state that still has lots of applicants

Institutions that are running out of students look to a place that has more than it can handle

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