Jon's Recent Stories
Education Sep 26One small college’s death and rebirth offers lessons for the rest
Antioch College has become a textbook case for other troubled schools to study, and yet one of its biggest lessons is the value of being unique.
Education Sep 18Graduate programs have become a cash cow for struggling colleges. What does that mean for students?
Simmons College could barely meet its payroll. Now it has tens of millions of dollars in annual surpluses. So what does this financial solution mean for grad students who face escalating debt?…
Education Jan 03Nationwide, state budget cuts disproportionately hit low-income, minority college students
States are disproportionately subsidizing schools whose students are wealthier, whiter…
Education Dec 21Bridging the town and gown divide
In a time of falling trust, colleges are reaching out to bridge the class and cultural divides that often exist between them and the surrounding neighborhood.
Education Aug 03Strapped for students, nonprofit colleges use for-profit recruiting tactics
The move to more aggressive strategies comes after four-and-a-half years of overall enrollment declines at U.S. universities and colleges. And while private, nonprofit schools have managed to maintain a fairly level number of students, they’re finding that harder and more…
Education Apr 12America’s increase in college degree-holders lags behind national goal
When it comes to the goal of increasing the number of people with college degrees to 60 percent by 2025, the U.S. is behind schedule.
Education Mar 25Which colleges are best at enrolling and graduating low-income students?
Taxpayers spend more than $30 billion a year on grants for college students. Now they can see what they’re getting for their money.
Education Jan 22Facing skepticism, colleges set out to prove their value
Detailed accounting is an example of aggressive new efforts being made by colleges and universities to prove something once taken for granted: their value and importance, in dollars-and-sense terms that consumers understand.
Education Oct 08Albuquerque hosts massive effort to send more to college
This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Read more about higher education. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a nondescript one-story industrial building surrounded by a neighborhood…
Education Sep 14While a national college rating system stalls, states provide detailed data of their own
David Gardner travels around Texas handing out thumb drives listing some of the most sensitive possible statistics about the performance of the state’s universities: how much they really cost, how many of their students actually get degrees, how much…