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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.
Stigma and lack of awareness prevent students from getting food assistance. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

1 in 3 college students face food insecurity – expanding SNAP benefits on campus will help stave off hunger

The federal government has temporarily widened eligibility for food assistance to more students. Two scholars argue this needs to be made permanent and be accompanied with an awareness campaign.
A fifth grade teacher conducts her class via distance learning in a classroom. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

5 ways for teachers to build a good rapport with their students online

Just because learning is remote in many places doesn’t mean teachers can’t build more meaningful relationships with their students, a researcher who has examined the issue suggests.
Black students are underrepresented in gifted education programs. ER Productions Limited via DigitalVision/Getty Images Plus

How public schools fail to recognize Black prodigies

Anti-Black bias and lack of teacher referrals are keeping Black students out of gifted school programs, a scholar suggests.

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