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A lawsuit claims that 16 elite U.S. universities give preference to children of donors over other applicants in their admissions. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Colleges accused of conspiring to make low-income students pay more

A scholar weighs in on a new lawsuit that accuses several elite schools of price fixing and conspiring to lower the amount of financial aid offered to low-income students.
First-generation college students say higher education is a way for them to improve their families’ lives, and their own. Hispanolistic/E+ via Getty Images

Beyond social mobility, college students value giving back to society

Students who are the first in their family to attend college view a college degree differently than children of college-educated parents, researchers find.
International students in the U.S. often face restrictions that make it hard to advance their research careers at the graduate level and beyond. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images

4 Ph.D. neuroscience students from other countries share the challenges of studying in the US

Foreign graduate students in the US face a slew of obstacles when it comes to advancing their research careers. Four international Ph.D. students in neuroscience offer some suggestions.
Hip-hop has always criticized America’s education system. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hip-hop’s love-hate relationship with education

The world of rap music has no shortage of artists who turned their backs on formal education only to become some of education’s biggest benefactors.
College expenses determined by net price calculators can vary by an average of $5,700. Ariel Skelley/DigitalVision via Getty Images Plus

College cost calculators aren’t precise, but they could easily be made better

Net price calculators – online tools meant to estimate what students will actually pay for college – can produce varying results for students in similar economic situations, researchers find.
Some colleges and universities may be using AI technology to help teach their students. skynesher/E+ via Getty Images

Future of college will involve fewer professors

A futurist who focuses on education technology says artificial intelligence is slowly making human professors less vital to colleges and universities.
Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. is one of several colleges using federal money to clear their students’ debt. Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Colleges are using federal stimulus money to clear students’ past-due debts – an economist answers five questions

Colleges and universities are using federal money to clear their students’ debt. An economist explains who will benefit from this move.
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.
In the 2018-2019 academic school year, 45.1% of professors at U.S. colleges and universities overall had tenure. Tom Werner/DigitalVision

Academic tenure: What it is and why it matters

Academic tenure – a system of job protections for university professors – came about in the early 20th century. Will it survive in the 21st century? A scholar weighs in.

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