Boston is among 20 American cities that committed Wednesday to new higher education attainment goals.
The city is partnering with Lumina Foundation in a new effort designed to increase the number of local residents who earn post-secondary credentials.
If you're in college, or you've recently graduated, chances are you've been taught by adjunct, part-time professors. That's because today adjuncts make up more than 50 percent of all college instructors in America — and many of them earn just a few thousand dollars per class. Now, there's a growing movement to unionize these instructors.
Facing stagnant enrollment and increasingly price-conscious consumers, already cash-strapped universities will continue to see their revenues fail to keep up with inflation, the bond-rating agency Moody’s Investment Service says.
America’s universities are still held in high regard, but doubts persist about the system’s ability to prepare students for success in today’s fast-changing, knowledge-based economy.
The number of college graduates is climbing but too slowly to meet the country's economic needs, according to economists. That's why some innovators want to fundamentally change the way institutes of higher learning award college credit.
At a time when research shows that academic advising is a key to helping college students graduate on time, most say they aren’t getting it.
Sixty percent of students say someone other than an academic advisor is a primary source of information about their schoolwork. About a third of freshmen and 18 percent of seniors rely on friends and family, and another 18 percent on faculty who are not assigned as their advisors.
Federal budget woes continue to be felt on college campuses, with across-the-board cuts putting a squeeze on academic research dollars. In a report released Friday, Moody’s Investors Services says the vast majority of research universities have seen funding reductions or delays in starting projects because of federal cuts known as sequestration.
For the second time in two years, Congress is trying to close a loophole that allows for-profit colleges and universities to collect billions of federal dollars in tuition from veterans. Over the past five years, veterans have spent nearly $30 billion on tuition and related higher-education costs, most of it at for-profit schools.
Only eight percent of students now major in the humanities, according to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, down from a peak of more than 17 percent in 1967. The trend is worrisome, and plenty of college presidents have come to the defense of the humanities.
The United States has some of the best university-based math teacher training programs in the world. But we also have some of the worst – and those poor performing programs produce 60 percent of the country’s teachers in schools with the highest percentage of students living in poverty, according to released earlier this month from William Schmidt, co-director of the at Michigan State University. The United States was the only country in his study to have such a wide range of performance by math teachers in teacher preparation programs.
A select group of colleges and universities, responding to the public outcry over the skyrocketing cost of college, are cutting their tuition.
In Cambridge, Lesley University will slash its sticker price beginning next fall. Lesley’s new tuition plan comes as many families are rethinking the value and quality of a college degree.