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Education Aug 29After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople
As California budgets millions to rebrand long-disparaged vocational education, there are an estimated 30 million jobs in the U.S. that pay at least $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
Education Dec 01Universities cut some services for students over 25
Forty percent of U.S. university and college undergraduate and graduate students are 25 and older, according to U.S. Education Department data. Yet colleges and universities are largely not set up to deal with them, causing their enrollment to fall.
Education Sep 13When a college closes, what does a student do next?
After a college closes, thousands of students may be give up just when the country needs more people with degrees.
Education Sep 12The shortage of non-white professors is a self-perpetuating problem
People in doctoral pipelines to university jobs are disproportionately white, making black educators hard to come by.
Education Dec 25In tough times, colleges turn to unconventional leaders
When tiny Paul Quinn College faced its darkest hour, it turned not to a physicist or an historian or a political scientist to lead it forward. It named a corporate securities lawyer and crisis manager as its president. The historically…
Education Aug 20Californians pay for state’s public colleges but increasingly can’t get in
California once showed the world how a state could guarantee a college education for nearly every resident, but then it failed to provide the long-term funding to do it.
Education Aug 18Low-income students struggle to pay for college, even in a state that still provides help
Despite a dramatic tise in tuition in the last decade, California’s public universities have tried to ensure that its poorest residents can still afford to go to college. But California’s attempts to keep college affordable mask the reality that the…
Education May 21These groups of Asian-Americans rarely attend college, but California is trying to change that
As one group of Asians who don’t go to college in large numbers, the Hmong help illustrate the complex changing demographics of students arriving at American universities and colleges: increasingly nonwhite, low-income, and first-generation.