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College Enrollment Drop Into 2020 Wasn't a Blip

Numbers kept falling in 2021 and researchers are very concerned

(Newser) - When enrollment at college and universities dropped sharply in 2020, officials hoped it was a one-year blip caused by the pandemic. Instead, numbers are still dropping and analysts fear a wider shift away from higher education could be underway. According to data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse, undergraduate...

Here Are America's 10 Best Colleges
This Is the Best
College in America

This Is the Best College in America

MIT is No. 1, at least according to WalletHub

(Newser) - Deciding where to go to college can be a stressful time for high schoolers. For those who are determined to attend the best of the best, WalletHub tries to ease the burden by sifting through all the pros and cons of more than 1,000 higher-ed institutions. The site looked...

Phylicia Rashad Becomes Dean at Alma Mater

Howard hires actress, director to run its College of Fine Arts

(Newser) - Howard University has turned to someone with real-world experience in the subject matter, and who also knows something about the school, to become dean of its College of Fine Arts. The Washington, DC, university named Phylicia Rashad to the job on Wednesday, the Washington Post reports. The actress graduated magna...

Biden Offers Free Preschool, Community College
Biden Offers
Free Preschool,
Community College
THE RUNDOWN

Biden Offers Free Preschool, Community College

Sweeping 'American Families Plan' expected to cost $1.8T over 10 years

(Newser) - Students would get four extra years of paid education under the White House's new $1.8 trillion spending and tax plan, which would also provide paid family and medical leave for US workers. The "American Families Plan" may irk not only Republicans, but progressive Democrats, too. Here's...

'Disheartening' Stats on Foreign Students

This fall, college enrollment of new international students fell 43%; total enrollment dipped 16%

(Newser) - President Trump has taken steps to discourage foreign enrollment in American universities, and, in combination with the pandemic, that effort has succeeded: The number of international students studying in the US has dropped for the fourth consecutive year. This fall, new enrollment fell 43%, while total enrollment of international students...

Colleges Face Drop in Enrollment

Freshman totals fall 16%, while community colleges are off the most

(Newser) - Colleges are wrestling with a host of issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and here's another one: Freshman enrollment has dropped more than 16% over last year. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported the numbers Thursday, the New York Times reports. Enrollment for all undergraduate classes is down...

Penn State to Students: You Must Sign This Waiver

The university is forcing students to sign COVID-19 waivers

(Newser) - Penn State students are running into a little hurdle at the school's online portal: a COVID-19 liability waiver. And they have to click "I agree" to get in. "They're basically saying they cannot guarantee our safety," grad student Maggie Hernandez tells Spotlight PA . Penn State...

Professor Called Cops on Student Over Seat Choice

Ball State's Shaheen Borna won't be teaching again this semester

(Newser) - A professor at Indiana's Ball State University won't be teaching for the rest of the semester after calling the police on a black student who refused to change seats in his class. Two campus police officers interrupted a marketing class on Jan. 21 on a call from professor...

New Mexico Just Went 'Bold' on College

With legislative approval, tuition will be free at all state schools for everyone, regardless of income

(Newser) - A good number of US states are already on board with offering free tuition at state schools to students who financially qualify, but one state just put forward what Slate calls a "bold plan" that surpasses the others. The New York Times reports that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan...

How Corporations Killed Lower Tuitions
Universities Could
Have Lowered
Tuitions—but
They Didn't
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Universities Could Have Lowered Tuitions—but They Didn't

Online courses gave them the chance

(Newser) - Think college debt is killing America? Then consider how universities missed the chance to lower tuitions—by hoarding a secret windfall and giving the rest to companies you've likely never heard of, HuffPost reports. Called "online program managers," or OPMs, the companies create online courses for such...

Considering a Double-Major? Don't Do It!
Considering a
Double-Major?
Don't Do It!
OPINION

Considering a Double-Major? Don't Do It!

NYT Columnist argues that double-majors are just resume padding

(Newser) - There's an arms race going on, and it has nothing to do with stockpiling nukes. It's a "credentials arms race among teenagers and college students" who are going to extreme measures to pad their resumes, writes New York Times columnist David Leonhardt. And that includes the double-major....

New College Rankings, With Emphasis on Value

MIT tops the Ivies in new WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - What college provides the best bang for the buck? It may be a subjective question, but WalletHub crunches data on everything from tuition and student-faculty ratio to student debt and graduates' salaries at nearly 1,000 colleges and universities for its new ranking. The Ivy League is well represented in...

What New York Is Doing for College-Age Maria Victims

Tuition help being offered to displaced students at 64 state universities

(Newser) - Mainland US universities are offering a helping hand to students in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria. Some schools are granting students discounted tuition at the rate for in-state residents; others are waiving tuition altogether for a semester, NPR reports. Tuition help is being offered...

Meet Harry Potter and the Philosophy Class

St. Cloud University offering class focused on the boy wizard

(Newser) - A Minnesota university is mixing the magical world of Harry Potter into philosophy teachings. St. Cloud State University professor Carolyn Hartz is applying Aristotle's work on friendship to character relationships in JK Rowling's books about the boy wizard, the St. Cloud Times reports. The class discusses ethics, logic,...

DOJ to Go After Colleges That Discriminate Against Whites

Civil rights division will lead new project around affirmative action

(Newser) - The Justice Department's civil rights division is being directed toward a new project defending the rights of white college students, according to internal documents. A division document seen by the New York Times seeks lawyers for "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and...

Best Grad Schools in the US
Best Grad
Schools
in the US

Best Grad Schools in the US

Per the annual 'US News & World Report' ranking

(Newser) - While some claim earning an undergrad degree doesn't take much more than "hanging out on a college campus" for four years, getting into and succeeding at graduate school is a bit tougher—especially if you gain entry to one of the top schools in the nation. US News ...

University: Paying $17K for Dining Hall Table Was Mistake

In fairness, the table includes some fancy LED lights

(Newser) - The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef's table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake, the AP reports. Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy...

Students Today Believe They're Buying an Education

As opposed to earning one, a professor writes

(Newser) - Somehow, students at higher education institutions have gone from thinking they're working for a degree to believing they're simply buying one. That's what an "anonymous academic" writes in a Guardian op-ed, citing a number of personal observations and those of colleagues: Students expect professors to meet...

Recent Grads Who Think Degree Was Worth It: Just 38%

But there is one thing that makes a big difference

(Newser) - Just 38% of recent college graduates (from 2006 on) "strongly agree" that their education was worth its price, a new Gallup-Purdue Index study finds, and 8% felt strongly that it wasn't worth it. The number rises to 50% for all college graduates (more than 30,000 total) who...

Clinton Wants to Throw $350B at Making College Free, Cheap

Candidate's plan would make community college free, 4-year college 'no loan'

(Newser) - As student debt balloons into an issue in the realms of predatory lending , borrowers' mental health , and even the elderly , politicians continue to brainstorm on making college more affordable. Hillary Clinton's solution: a $350 billion proposal whose goals include making community college free, cutting costs to attend four-year public...

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