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Hip-hop has always criticized America’s education system. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hip-hop’s love-hate relationship with education

The world of rap music has no shortage of artists who turned their backs on formal education only to become some of education’s biggest benefactors.
College expenses determined by net price calculators can vary by an average of $5,700. Ariel Skelley/DigitalVision via Getty Images Plus

College cost calculators aren’t precise, but they could easily be made better

Net price calculators – online tools meant to estimate what students will actually pay for college – can produce varying results for students in similar economic situations, researchers find.
Some colleges and universities may be using AI technology to help teach their students. skynesher/E+ via Getty Images

Future of college will involve fewer professors

A futurist who focuses on education technology says artificial intelligence is slowly making human professors less vital to colleges and universities.
First-generation college students have less ‘college knowledge’ than students whose parents went to college. SDI Productions/E+ via Getty Images

4 tips for choosing a good college – and getting accepted

An expert on ‘college knowledge’ suggests strategies to boost your chances of getting into your dream school.
Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. is one of several colleges using federal money to clear their students’ debt. Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Colleges are using federal stimulus money to clear students’ past-due debts – an economist answers five questions

Colleges and universities are using federal money to clear their students’ debt. An economist explains who will benefit from this move.
Completing hefty reading and writing assignments can pose an unnecessary burden on students who must work. SDI Productions/E+ via Getty Images

College can still be rigorous without a lot of homework

Higher education in the US has been faulted for not requiring students to read and write enough. But is that criticism justified? New research raises doubts.
In the 2018-2019 academic school year, 45.1% of professors at U.S. colleges and universities overall had tenure. Tom Werner/DigitalVision

Academic tenure: What it is and why it matters

Academic tenure – a system of job protections for university professors – came about in the early 20th century. Will it survive in the 21st century? A scholar weighs in.
Recent college graduates owed an average of nearly $30,000 in student loans in 2019. lightspeedshutter/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Student loan debt is costing recent grads much more than just money

Student loan debt can affect not only the financial health of recent grads but also their mental and emotional health. Three scholars weigh in on the greater costs student loans can have on borrowers.

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