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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during the daily briefing on COVID-19 on March 27, 2020, in Washington, D.C. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Through her divisive rhetoric, Education Secretary DeVos leaves a troubled legacy of her own

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has resigned. Five experts comment on the impact she had on education.
Students pulling a heavy ball representing the total outstanding student debt in the U.S. at over $1.5 trillion. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images

The morality of canceling student debt

President-elect Joe Biden promised to forgive some part of student debt. An ethicist considers what's fair.
West Texas A&M University Walter V. Wendler stands alongside the SUV he drove on a speaking tour to urge Texas high school students not to borrow too much for college.

A college president’s advice to college students of the future: Don’t borrow

West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler set out to visit high school students throughout the Texas Panhandle and the South Plains with a simple message about student loans.
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.
Many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ policy proposals have failed. Matt Rourke/AP

Betsy DeVos has little to show after 2 years in office

Although many feared that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would destroy public education, a review of the past two years shows that much of her policy agenda has failed.
In this December 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, while Paul Ryan looks on, during a ceremony at the White House after the final passage of tax overhaul legislation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Republican party and the undermining of American democracy

Donald Trump may have executed a hostile takeover of the Republican party, but the GOP has been laying the groundwork for decades.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be difficult to get if you don’t know the rules. Rawpixel.com/www.shutterstock.com

What is public service loan forgiveness? And how do I qualify to get it?

A higher education professor explains the complex rules behind Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a program meant to provide debt relief to student loan borrowers who went into public service jobs.
Tanya Plibersek announced Labor’s plan to conduct a review of the tertiary education sector in March this year. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Six things Labor’s review of tertiary education should consider

Labor has promised to review the tertiary education sector if elected next year. There are some major issues, and some examples from abroad they should consider.

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