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A proposal to increase the Pell Grant award amount could help restore the grant’s original purchasing power when it was created in 1972. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Pell Grants are getting their due in the 2020 campaign

A proposal to double the value of Pell Grants for college students could finally start to restore their value to what they were when they were created back in 1972.
Forty-seven states let computer science count in place of math or science classes required for high school graduation. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Computer science now counts as math credit in most states – is this a good idea?

Most states have changed their rules in recent years to let computer science count as a required high school math or science class. A physics professor explains how that trend could set students back.
A federal judge ruled that Harvad can continue to use race as one of many factors in its admission decisions. f11photo/Shutterstock.com

Harvard can use race as an admissions factor, at least for now

Tuesday's ruling in the Harvard affirmative action case allows colleges to use race in their admission decisions. A legal scholar offers insights into how long before race won't be needed.
Students in the electrical program at H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, Connecticut practice their skills. Connecticut Technical Education and Career System

For male students, technical education in high school boosts earnings after graduation

Students who get admitted to Connecticut's career and technical education high schools are more likely to graduate and earn significantly more than peers who barely missed the cut.
California lawmakers have approved a bill that would enable college athletes to get paid endorsements. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

What if college athletes got paid? 3 questions answered

California's legislature has approved a bill that would let college athletes get paid endorsements. A sociologist explains what the measure would mean for the players.
Textbook prices could rise higher if a planned textbook company merger goes through. Prostock-studio/Shutterstock.com

Textbook merger could create more problems than just higher prices

A proposed merger between two of America's largest textbook companies could lead to problems that go well beyond price hikes, a scholar on textbooks and digital learning warns.
Akibo Watson, Corinne Fischer, Ashley Berlot and Jarrett Sannerud, second-year neuroscience students at Binghamton University, preparing reagents for team’s Parkinson disease project. Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University

At these colleges, students begin serious research their first year

While undergraduates rarely get serious research experience during their first year of college, some faculty are working to change that. A scholar says the new approach could boost diversity in STEM.
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.
Research conflicts over how graduates of historically black colleges fare in the job market. sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.com

Historically black colleges give graduates a wage boost

Graduates of historically black colleges and universities make more than peers who went to other schools, according to new findings that refute prior research that showed they suffer a 'wage penalty.'
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.
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.
New data show more girls and minority students are taking advanced computer science courses in high school. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Boost in high school students taking advanced computer science could change the face of tech

New data show more girls and minority high school students taking Advanced Placement courses in computer science. A computer science professor weighs in on what that means for the future of the field.

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