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Attorneys George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit, all HBCU grads, successfully sought to defeat school segregation in court. AP Photo

MacKenzie Scott’s HBCU giving starkly contrasts with the approach of early white funders of historically Black colleges and universities

When white philanthropists made large gifts to these schools in the 19th century and early 20th century, many insisted upon a vocational focus for Black higher ed.
Civil rights activist Bob Moses founded The Algebra Project to help Black students develop strong math skills. Princeton Public Library/Flickr

Bob Moses played critical role in civil rights organizing and math literacy for Black students

The Algebra Project – a long-standing initiative to teach algebra to Black students who might not otherwise take it – sprang from Bob Moses’ work as a civil rights activist, a historian recounts.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s new school will focus on teaching students about science and the music industry. David Livingston/Getty Images

New school planned by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine seeks to teach blend of skills to prepare students for real-world jobs

A new school proposed by music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine seeks to provide students with practical skills they can apply in entertainment and other fields. Is this a new model for education?
A study found that 22.8% of college students had experienced at least four adverse childhood experiences. Carol Yepes/Getty Images

Effects of childhood adversity linger during college years

Multiple difficult childhood experiences can lead to depression and anxiety during college, research has found. Lack of support often makes things worse.
Students at Howard University are already calling for Phylicia Rashad’s resignation as dean. David Becker/Getty Images for The Blackhouse Foundation

With support for Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad becomes just one of several deans to tweet themselves into trouble

A single Tweet the day before she took over as dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University has led to calls for Phylicia Rashad’s ouster. A scholar on college deans weighs in on what’s next.
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.
A student’s drawings of a scientist upon starting and after completing the Young Scientists Program. USC Young Scientists Program

Sending science majors into elementary schools helps Latino and Black students realize scientists can look like them

After completing a hands-on STEM program, students in Los Angeles were more likely to draw scientists as people of color or themselves instead of stereotypical white men in lab coats.
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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