About Jon @JonMarcusBoston
Jon Marcus, higher-education editor, has written about higher education for the Washington Post, USA Today, Time, the Boston Globe, Washington Monthly, is North America higher-education correspondent for the Times (U.K.) Higher Education magazine, and contributed to the book Reinventing Higher Education.
Jon’s Recent Stories
Education Apr 07Pass/fail grades may help students during the COVID-19 crisis, but could cost them later
The already dismal rate at which academic credit transfers from one college to another is likely to be even lower for the many courses this semester graded simply “pass.” Competitive professional or graduate programs may not accept them at all.
Education Mar 20Student scientists, athletes and artists miss opportunities when learning moves online
The closing of colleges and universities has disrupted the educations of millions of students. But it’s affecting the lives of many in ways that are not yet widely understood.
Education Mar 13Already stretched universities now face huge endowment losses from market meltdown
With attention focused on classes being canceled and students being sent home, the coronavirus presents another threat to U.S. universities and colleges: tens of billions of dollars in potential endowment losses.
Education Sep 16Why finding out how much a college costs is harder than it looks
The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs and outcomes more transparent, as an alternative to regulating institutions. But some of the data is inaccessible and inaccurate, and much is provided by colleges and universities with little independent oversight.
Education Feb 26Most Americans don’t realize state funding for higher ed fell by billions
Spending is down by $9 billion over the last decade, driving tuition up and frustrating the search for skilled workers.
Education Nov 09Some colleges are totally unaffordable, and this tool proves it
After years of escalating costs and stagnant earnings, new data show that some colleges have finally grown conclusively, decisively and categorically unaffordable for many Americans.
Education Oct 30Billions in Pell Grants go to students who aren’t graduating, new data shows
Taxpayers have spent more than $325 billion in the last decade on Pell Grants meant to help low-income students graduate, but only half of Pell recipients at four-year universities and colleges graduated within six years, new data show. It’s the…
Education Sep 17Colleges face pressure to answer a basic question: What are students learning?
The push is coming from policymakers and consumers who want to know the return on their investments in college.
Education Aug 17Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering college standards
What are the unintended consequences of colleges cutting corners to produce more graduates more quickly?…
Education Feb 09Colleges and businesses team up to fill demand for skilled workers
One state tries industry partnerships to close the divide between what college students learn and employers need.