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Quality higher education is more than just securing a job. Shutterstock

Quality higher education means more than learning how to work

Higher education needs to do more than produce graduates who can get a job. It should also give students opportunities and a voice when it comes to participating in the economy and broader society.
President Obama sought to make the United States the most college-educated nation in the world by 2020. RIDTHISING/Shutterstock.com

The problem with the push for more college degrees

Efforts to get more Americans to earn a college degree steal attention from what makes up a college education, a historian of education argues.
College students are seeking mental health treatment on campus at record levels. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Are you mentally well enough for college?

A campus psychologist explains why so many students ask him for help after they've failed courses.
The number of Māori and Pasifika students is growing, but they do not see themselves represented among the people who teach them. from www.shutterstock.com

Māori and Pasifika scholars remain severely under-represented in New Zealand universities

New research shows that Māori and Pasifika scholars are significantly under-represented in New Zealand's universities, making up only 5% and 1.7% of the academic workforce, respectively.
Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com

Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are causing many college students to forego the books they need for class, putting their grades in peril and leading many to miss out on certain courses, research shows.
College rankings often take student caliber into account, an analysis shows. vectorfusionart/Shutterstock.com

College rankings might as well be student rankings

College rankings are set up to make you believe one college is better than another. But a closer look reveals college rankings may be measuring something entirely different.
Private college students graduate at higher rates, government statistics show. 4 PM production/Shutterstock.com

Free college proposals should include private colleges

The 'free college' proposals being floated by 2020 presidential candidates don't include private colleges. A higher education scholar asks why, especially since privates have higher graduation rates.
The demand for free higher education is one of the key factors that have led to competing waves of thinking and organisation in the sector. Shutterstock

Universities in South Africa need to rediscover their higher purpose

South Africa's universities are detached from society because of a waning public and civic sector that once fueled the anti-apartheid struggle. Here's what can be done.

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