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A lawsuit claims that 16 elite U.S. universities give preference to children of donors over other applicants in their admissions. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Colleges accused of conspiring to make low-income students pay more

A scholar weighs in on a new lawsuit that accuses several elite schools of price fixing and conspiring to lower the amount of financial aid offered to low-income students.
First-generation college students say higher education is a way for them to improve their families’ lives, and their own. Hispanolistic/E+ via Getty Images

Beyond social mobility, college students value giving back to society

Students who are the first in their family to attend college view a college degree differently than children of college-educated parents, researchers find.
International students in the U.S. often face restrictions that make it hard to advance their research careers at the graduate level and beyond. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images

4 Ph.D. neuroscience students from other countries share the challenges of studying in the US

Foreign graduate students in the US face a slew of obstacles when it comes to advancing their research careers. Four international Ph.D. students in neuroscience offer some suggestions.
Time spent mentoring students is often ignored when it comes to faculty salary and promotion decisions. Peathegee Inc via Getty Images

Female faculty of color do extra diversity work for no extra reward – here’s how to fix that

If colleges want to address systemic racism within their institutions, they can start by crediting female faculty members of color for work that gets overlooked. A group of higher ed researchers explains how.
Career technical education courses are linked to higher rates of school engagement for high schoolers from low-income backgrounds. Maskot/Getty Images

Career-based classes keep students more engaged

Students from low-income backgrounds fare better when they are able to take career and technical classes in STEM, new research shows.
Video games are part of a multibillion-dollar industry in which lucrative employment opportunities abound. SDI Productions via Getty Images

5 ways to break into the video game industry

A former video game executive offers advice on how to land a job in the industry.
Hiring managers often prefer nondegree credentials from top universities over credit-bearing certificates from for-profit institutions. Drazen_/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Want to take an online course? Here are 4 tips to make sure you get the most out of it for your career

Enrollment in online courses surged during the pandemic. An expert on online learning behaviors shares what to do before, during and after taking a course in order to reap the most benefits.
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.
More than half of the top 250 U.S. colleges and universities offer legacy admissions. Paul Marotta / Getty Images

Why do colleges use legacy admissions? 5 questions answered

Elite universities have been giving special preference to children of prior graduates for more than a century. Has the time come for that practice to stop? A sociologist weighs in.
Immigrant students worry that minor school infractions could lead to deportation. Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Deportation threats for some students come from within schools

Researchers say educators told them that immigrant students are sometimes made to believe they will be deported. Why? One reason is educators didn’t want them to drag down their school’s test scores.

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