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 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…
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.