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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…
Education Apr 30Once invisible, college boards of trustees push into the spotlight
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. Except for the desert sun pouring in through floor-to-ceiling windows, the hearing room…
Education Apr 17Private college scholarships less likely to go to poorest students
Families that need private scholarships the most are less likely to get them than higher-income ones.
Education Feb 23Colleges appeal to Congress to cut regulations they say drive up costs
When letters of admission go out soon from colleges and universities to hopeful applicants, they’ll be quickly followed by offers of financial aid some advocates for students say require a college degree to understand.
Education Oct 06Why even top tier students should consider community colleges
Want higher-ed reform? You may be surprised where you’ll find it.
Education Aug 29Can universities be embarrassed into raising graduation rates?
Indiana is ahead of many other states in widely broadcasting public universities’ and colleges’ success rates as part of an attempt to force rates up.
Education Aug 28Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once
Rio Salado Community College doesn’t look much like a typical higher-education institution and it doesn’t act like one, either. With just 23 full-time faculty it serves more than 60,000 students, a disproportionate number of whom are low-income and attend part-time…
Education Aug 25How to educate Americans for jobs? Ask the Germans, employers urge
U.S. colleges are importing the German model of career and technical education to keep up with a demand they can’t fill for skilled, mid-level American workers.