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Hillary Clinton takes questions during a student town hall at a campaign stop at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Adrees Latif/Reuter

Why debt-free college will not solve the real problems in America’s higher education system

America's higher education has been split into two unequal worlds. Schools serving the bulk of America's underprivileged students lack resources. Making college free will not solve the problem.
Students have been agitating for an end to public university fees in South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

How to take free public higher education from pipe dream to reality

Free public higher education is possible and necessary. It's also realistic, if it's based on thorough research, consultation and students giving back through community service after graduation.
What does the progress of black students look like? Jason Reed/Reuters

Are all black students falling behind?

Statistics on black student graduation rates don't reveal the complete picture: at highly selective colleges and universities, black student graduation rates range from 88 percent to 96 percent.
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College is worth it. Who should pay for it?

College education results in not just better earnings, but better health care and child development as well as political stability and lower criminal justice costs. Should states invest more?
Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Keeping public priorities in public universities

Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.
Guns on campus could lead to grade inflation. Hand image via www.shutterstock.com

Will guns on campus lead to grade inflation?

Guns will be allowed on public universities in Texas from August 1. Given the recent incident of a student shooting the professor and then himself, reportedly over grades, are there reasons to worry?

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