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The Debate Over Free Community College

New programs in Oregon and Tennessee face praise and scrutiny about which students they actually benefit.

This fall, Cesar Sanchez, 18, will do something he never thought possible.

He’ll enroll at Southwest Tennessee Community College through a state program called Tennessee Promise, which lets …

College & University

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago, students with disabilities are still punished at disproportionate rates.

A quarter-century ago, on July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act to give people with disabilities equal access to services …


This Is What It's Like to Be Homeless in University

I was at a bar awhile back with some of my university friends, sharing beers and relaxing, when a homeless man approached us. He had a deck of cards, and was trying to entertain us for money. Everyone laughed him off, making the usual jokes about homeless people trying to bum change for drugs. I …


What Happens When Struggling High-Schoolers Take College Classes

Encouraging teens to complete higher-ed credits gives them a better shot at getting a degree.

High schools across the country are taking what might seem like a counterintuitive approach to educating some of their most at-risk students.

They’re enrolling them in college before they even graduate from …

College & University

Want your kids to go to college and get a job? Make sure they learn how to share in kindergarten.

Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.

Kids who get along well with others also are less likely to have substance-abuse problems and run-ins with the …


Paypal Co-founder New Lending Startup Affirm Gets Into Student Loans For Coding Bootcamps

Affirm, the lending startup co-founded by Max Levchin, is breaking into student loans for coding, design and business bootcamps from General Assembly, Bloc, Kaplan’s Dev Bootcamp and Metis. The company, which raised $275 million this past spring, is branching out from its initial market in online …


S.F., San Jose rated among best American college towns

The American Institute of Economic Research rated San Francisco and San Jose as two of America's top college destinations in their latest index.

The College Destinations Index, which ranks cities and towns based on "12 key criteria that impact learning experiences across America," rated San Jose as …

College & University

GOP Candidates Compete in For-Profit College Primary

As the 2012 GOP nomination contest neared the critical Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney was asked by the Ames Tribune's editorial board what he planned to do about higher education. Romney's response was crystal-clear: He liked for-profit colleges, especially a Florida school called Full Sail University. …

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Martin O’Malley Unveils Debt-Free College Plan

He criticized a rival plan from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley unveiled a plan on Wednesday to make an education at public universities debt-free in the next five years, then used it to attack a rival’s plan to make public college free.

The former …

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20 colleges whose graduates earn the most

Education and career data site StartClass looked at thousands of colleges across the country to identify those whose graduates earn the highest median salaries upon graduation. It used its Smart Rating of each school—which factors in financial affordability, career readiness, selectivity, expert …







All NY colleges to adopt 'yes means yes' sex assault policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Legislation requiring universities in New York state to adopt a uniform affirmative sexual consent policy was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

The so-called "yes means yes" standard defines sexual consent between people as an affirmative, conscious and voluntary …

Andrew Cuomo

Vets snared in for-profit college collapse want GI Bill money back

Updated 7/2/15 10:49 PM EDT

The collapse of for-profit Corinthian Colleges has been a calamity for Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who not only lost their chance at a college degree from the shuttered schools but also can’t get back tens of thousands in tuition covered by the GI Bill.

Now there’s a …

Liberal News

UC admits record number of out-of-state freshmen

More University of California freshman applicants from outside the state were invited to attend this fall than ever before, while the number of Californians admitted continued to drop, UC said Thursday.

The university accepted 30,490 first-year applicants from other states and other countries, a 13 …


How one memo from 2002 may have helped launch the for-profit college boom

In recent years, many for-profit colleges have become known as "diploma mills" that earn huge profits at the expense of vulnerable students.

But for-profit schools haven't always been so prevalent in the US. That change came in 2002 at the hands of President George W. Bush's administration, the …

College & University

Arne Duncan 'Thrilled' To Close Corinthian Colleges, Not So Ready To Help Its Former Students

The Department of Education was “thrilled” to shut down the for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges Inc., Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared Wednesday -- a claim that stands in sharp contrast with his department's frantic efforts last year to save the company.

In fact, the Education Department …

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Peter Thiel Compares Elite Education to a Night Club With a Long Line

Top universities claim to benefit everyone, but the value of the degrees they confer is inextricably tied to exclusivity, he argues.

ASPEN, Colo.—Tech investor Peter Thiel, who founded PayPal, told an Aspen Ideas Festival crowd Wednesday that while highly regarded institutions of higher education …

Peter Thiel

Education Department To Miss Obama Deadlines On Helping Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education is about to miss its July 1 deadline on three key directives from President Barack Obama regarding fair treatment of borrowers struggling with federal student loans.

The deadline was set in a March presidential memorandum on the implementation of a "student aid bill …

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Dave Eggers Wants To Help Low-Income Students Discover Their Dream Schools

With ScholarMatcher, students can search for colleges with strong academics and fair financial aid.

Author Dave Eggers taught a high school course on "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" (also a popular anthology) for over a decade. Each year, the same pattern would repeat: He'd write college …

Dave Eggers

California's best values in 2-year colleges

Every year when college rankings are released by sites like U.S. News, Forbes and Money, the same highly selective universities always seem to appear near the top.

These include Stanford, MIT, Ivy League schools, small liberal arts colleges like Williams and Amherst — all fine institutions, but out …


3 women sue UC, say sex assault complaints were ignored

Three women who said they were sexually assaulted as UC Berkeley students sued the University of California on Monday, accusing officials of failing to adequately respond after they came forward.

Sofie Karasek, Aryle Butler and Nicoletta Commins said in the suit filed in Alameda County Superior …

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Scott Walker is Drowning Students in Debt

The Agenda Project Action Fund, One Wisconsin Now and Wisconsin Jobs Now have launched "HOLD YOUR BREATH," a graphic ad depicting an individual drowning to symbolize the plight of Americans burdened by student debt.

By proposing to slash the budget for Wisconsin's public university system by nearly …

Scott Walker

When High School Means a Build-It-Yourself Education

A charter school in Oregon encourages students to shape their own learning.

Jon Bullock was the principal of Redmond High School, in Redmond, Oregon, when he sat down at his kitchen table with colleagues eight years ago to hatch the beginning of an idea for what would become Redmond Proficiency …


The (Accidental) Power of MOOCs

Massive open online courses looked like they were on their way out—and then researchers discovered something curious about who’s participating.

Back in 2013, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that MOOCs—massive open online courses—were about to change everything:

Nothing has more …


The for-profit college industry just got dealt a blow

Students protest the closure of Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit college, in April.

A federal court ruled on Tuesday that the Department of Education (ED) has the right to require colleges to demonstrate college graduates make enough money to repay their student loans, The Associated Press reported.

College & University

Will I Be Stopped at the Border for My Old Student Loans?


Dear Steve,I live in France. I have lived in France for over 20 years. Last year I did my first income tax return for the United States using the amnesty program. This year I had a tax refund of $1000.94 well I have a student loan debt I knew I would not get the thousand dollars and I did …


When It Comes to Getting a Job, Americans Believe Skills Trump College

People see social intelligence and computer knowledge as more important than a four-year degree in preparing for the workplace, according to a new poll.

Earn a college degree, and you’ll set yourself up for life: a stable job, salary, and mortgage. That was the old adage for generation after …

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Forcing Students to Graduate ‘On Time’

Denmark is cracking down on people who overstay their time in college, echoing similar efforts in the U.S. It’s causing a lot of anger in a country known for its educational equality and happy citizenry.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Lanes of bicyclists commute along broad boulevards from comfortable homes to …


Chris Christie to college students: It would be morally “wrong” for you not to go into debt for your education

Could he have chosen an audience less likely to be receptive to his message than college students?

New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie made a bold decision today, using a speech at Iowa State University to declare that the idea of debt-free college is morally “wrong,” …