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Making our writing matter (essay)

The fact that you’re reading <i>Inside Higher Ed</i> means that you are a writer. You write research articles and speeches, or reports and memos, or letters …

California community colleges release completion scorecards

California’s community college system on Tuesday unveiled Web-based “scorecards” on student performance at its 112 colleges. The new data tool is …

Judge Me Not By the Texture of My Hair But By the Content of My Character

Growing up in the projects off of 8-Mile Road in Detroit, my mother prayed for one thing -- not for an end to poverty, not for the safety of her siblings, not even for racial equality being a part of the first integrated class in her high school. The one thing she prayed for was "long hair like …


Clinkle Drives Exodus From Stanford University As Students Flock To Next Big Startup

More than a dozen students at Stanford University have put their degrees on hold to join a new startup, in one of the largest-ever departures from the university’s computer science program, the Wall Street Journal reports.<p>Their destination is a new mobile payments company called Clinkle, which has …


How first year seminars improve student retention and graduation rates

How first year seminars improve student retention and graduation rates


Class of 2016 - Digital Natives

Top 10 College Women 2013: Grace Young

<b>She builds robots that explore the world's farthest-flung places.</b><p>__Grace Young, 20<p><i>Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; ocean engineering major</i>__<p>Technically speaking, Young never graduated high school—she was accepted to MIT at 17. Her niche? Robotics, a subject she fell for as a …