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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.
Students hug after a ceremony at Tufts University May 3. The ceremony celebrated 58 students who are the first in their family to receive a college degree. Anna Miller/Tufts University

This commencement speech had nothing but questions

At a special commencement ceremony for first-generation college graduates, a dean gave a speech made up of nothing but questions.
Changing the way you think about stress can help you deal with it better, research shows. sun ok from www.shutterstock.com

5 tips for college students to use final exam stress to their advantage

Although the end of the semester can be a stressful time for students, embracing the stress can help students deal with it better than trying to avoid it, a well-being expert argues.
Police secure the main entrance to UNC Charlotte after a shooting at the school that left at least two people dead, Tuesday, April 30. Jason E. Miczek/AP

University of North Carolina at Charlotte shooting has these things in common with other campus shootings

The April 30 shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte isn't an outlier. Research shows it fits a familiar pattern of campus shootings in terms of time and place.
Most of the nation’s top schools experience a major scandal that causes applications to fall, new research shows. EQRoy from www.shutterstock.com

Should you apply to a college that has had a recent scandal?

When scandals take place at a college, the natural reaction for some people is to avoid the school. But two economists suggest potential applicants think hard about their decision.
New research uncovers problems with a ‘calculator’ that colleges must put online to make it easier for prospective students to understand the cost of college. Tina Gutierrez from www.shutterstock.com

Net price calculators were supposed to make it easier to understand the cost of college – instead, many are making it more difficult

While net price calculators are meant to help students figure out how much a particular college will cost, a new study reveals that many colleges' calculators distort the true cost of attendance.
Young entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to universities to help launch their businesses. GUGAI/www.shutterstock.com

Gen Z entrepreneurs view higher education as vital to their startups

Rather than bypass college to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, members of Generation Z are increasingly partnering with universities to launch new startups, a university president says.
Students at Person High School use cardboard goggles to take a virtual tour of University of North Carolina campuses. Person County Schools

Virtual reality tours give rural students a glimpse of college life

A new virtual campus tour project in North Carolina could change the way students in rural or otherwise remote areas are able to 'see' prospective colleges without ever leaving their high schools.
Students from 2015 graduating class of Texas Southmost College. Brad Doherty/AP

Why accountability efforts in higher education often fail

Despite good intentions, efforts to hold colleges and universities accountable often miss the mark. The reasons why range from politics to resistance among the institutions themselves.
People demonstrate in Toronto in August 2017 in solidarity with those at a University of Virginia rally against white supremacy. That demonstration ended in tragedy after a woman was killed by a white supremacist. Universities in both the U.S. and Canada are at the centre of fierce debates about free speech and the right of those on the far right to be heard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Campus culture wars: Why universities must ditch the dogma

In such a polarized age, universities and colleges should uphold the core values of liberal education by asserting, through their policies and practices, the reasonable, rational middle ground.
In the ongoing strike by college faculty throughout Ontario, the issues on the table include pay, job security for partial-load instructors and the question of academic freedom. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)

My experience as an under-paid Ontario college instructor

College faculty in Ontario are going back to work after the longest strike in their history. Here one university professor describes her personal experience of undervalued college teaching work.

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