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Just as the printing press made books more affordable, technology could do the same thing for college textbooks today. ju_see/www.shutterstock.com

Could college textbooks soon get cheaper?

An English and economics professor explain why America's college textbook industry might undergo radical change that makes books more affordable, similar to what happened in medieval times.
Brains vs. brawn: Does big-time college sports value black student-athletes? Brynn Anderson/AP

Dangerous stereotypes stalk black college athletes

Although University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair died from heatstroke during practice, his death also resulted from a culture that exploits black players, says a professor who studies race and sports.
Racial minorities face profiling on campus. Mr. Doomits/www.shutterstock.com

Smith College incident is latest case of racial ‘profiling by proxy’

An incident in which a Smith College employee called police on a black student who 'seemed out of place' is just the latest in a string of cases of racial 'profiling by proxy,' three scholars argue.
A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

How free should speech on campus be?

On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.
College campuses can be unwelcoming environments for racial minorities. Mr. Doomits/www.shutterstock.com

When race triggers a call to campus police

A longstanding view of minorities as outsiders contributes to negative encounters with campus police. A researcher argues how greater empathy can lessen the urge to call the police in the first place.
A new $5 million federal program will bring free digital textbooks to students. Daniel M. Ernst/Shutterstock

New federal program tackles spiraling costs of college textbooks

While a new $5 million program could help college students save money on textbooks each year, a more permanent solution is needed to the problem of pricey textbooks that students often don't buy.
Purdue Global is the name of a new online education venture that involves Purdue and Kaplan universities. Shutterstock.com

Purdue-Kaplan deal blurs lines between for-profit and public colleges

A deal that allows Kaplan University to shed its for-profit status and join Purdue University may represent a new way for troubled for-profit colleges to survive.
A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world. AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl

Universities must prepare for a technology-enabled future

Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.

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