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President Obama sought to make the United States the most college-educated nation in the world by 2020. RIDTHISING/Shutterstock.com

The problem with the push for more college degrees

Efforts to get more Americans to earn a college degree steal attention from what makes up a college education, a historian of education argues.
Research conflicts over how graduates of historically black colleges fare in the job market. sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.com

Historically black colleges give graduates a wage boost

Graduates of historically black colleges and universities make more than peers who went to other schools, according to new findings that refute prior research that showed they suffer a 'wage penalty.'
College students are seeking mental health treatment on campus at record levels. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Are you mentally well enough for college?

A campus psychologist explains why so many students ask him for help after they've failed courses.
Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com

Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are causing many college students to forego the books they need for class, putting their grades in peril and leading many to miss out on certain courses, research shows.
College rankings often take student caliber into account, an analysis shows. vectorfusionart/Shutterstock.com

College rankings might as well be student rankings

College rankings are set up to make you believe one college is better than another. But a closer look reveals college rankings may be measuring something entirely different.
Private college students graduate at higher rates, government statistics show. 4 PM production/Shutterstock.com

Free college proposals should include private colleges

The 'free college' proposals being floated by 2020 presidential candidates don't include private colleges. A higher education scholar asks why, especially since privates have higher graduation rates.
New data show more girls and minority students are taking advanced computer science courses in high school. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Boost in high school students taking advanced computer science could change the face of tech

New data show more girls and minority high school students taking Advanced Placement courses in computer science. A computer science professor weighs in on what that means for the future of the field.
Washington state has passed a measure to cover college tuition for students from low- and moderate-income families. VDB Photos/Shutterstock.com

Washington state’s big bet on ‘free college’

A new law in Washington state that makes college mostly free for many students is meant to prepare more residents from the state for jobs in the local economy. Whether it will work remains to be seen.
Left: Robert Smith. Right (clockwise from left): Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Jay-Z, LeBron James and Nicki Minaj. Reuters, USA Today

Could black philanthropy help solve the black student debt crisis?

A recent gift by billionaire Robert Smith to pay off the student loans of 2019 graduates of Morehouse points to the potential of America's black elite to pay off all black students' college loans.

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