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The U.S. Education Department is creating a new office to protect federal student loan borrowers and to investigate scams in higher education. It sounds like something out of a Law & Order episode: the Student Aid Enforcement Unit. Among other things, the $13.6 million unit will probe schools that lie to prospective students about their graduation and job rates.

Suffolk University’s board of trustees is expected to vote on Friday on whether to oust current president Margaret McKenna. McKenna is the fifth person to serve as president of the university in five years. Who are the people who came before her and why are they no longer at the university? 

It's become something of an annual tradition: for the fourth time in five years, Suffolk University is moving to oust its president, Margaret McKenna, just eight months after she took the job. 

Thursday’s Republican debate offered candidates another chance to tackle a big issue that’s been monopolized by the Democrats: how to rein in the dauntingly high cost of going to college. In every Democratic debate, the candidates have talked at length about how to grapple with the rising cost of higher education. So where do all the candidates stand on the issue?

The biggest difference between college in the 50s and college now? The tuition. Arizona State University President Michael Crow makes three proposals to tackle rising costs and other issues in America's higher education system. 


This year marks the 100th anniversary of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. For 50 of those years, one small college in Manchester has been at the center of much of the political drama.

As students are increasingly stressed about their finances, debt-free college is all the rage. Politicians are using the concept as an attractive campaign platform, but critics say it makes more sense in theory than in practice.

Behind closed doors at universities throughout the country, admissions committees are poring over thousands of applications to graduate degree programs. What exactly that application review process looks like is largely kept in the dark. But Julie Posselt, assistant professor of higher education at the University of Michigan, pulls back that curtain in her new book Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping.

An education nonprofit based in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood believes it has the key to ending generations of poverty and also transforming violent neighborhoods.  


Strike up the band, two of the country's most prestigious performing arts colleges - Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory - have agreed to merge. So far, it's one of the more high-profile mergers in higher education.

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