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President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in 2017 - but not before taking what's called a “gap year.” The first family’s announcement comes at a time when elite private schools are encouraging students to postpone the start of college.

In an effort to make higher education more affordable and accessible, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is promising to make community college tuition-free for high schoolers who graduate with passing grades.

Part-time professors at New England’s largest university reached a three-year contract settlement with administrators on Thursday -- two months after voting to form a union. Under the deal, more than 800 part-time faculty at Boston University will see higher wages and improved job security, an agreement that could serve as a model for other part-time college professors.

A Pew Research Center study out this week shows that Americans with college degrees are to the left of the majority without a degree. And post-grads who become professors are even left of that. Some conservative professors at Wellesley College are pushing their left-leaning students out of their comfort zones.

Schools in the college capital of the world are preparing for commencement season. With all the pomp and circumstance is likely to come another annual ritual: rescinded invitations to controversial speakers. Free speech advocates argue that those disinvitations and other forms of censorship are preventing the type of rigorous debate that should be taking place on America’s campuses.

In the 1970s and ‘80s, Massachusetts’ public schools were considered mediocre by many standards. Today, the state’s school system ranks among the best in the world. What happened?

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the state's higher education leaders on Thursday announced a new college affordability plan designed to increase graduation rates by lowering tuition and fees for students who transfer from community college to a state university.

Public research universities educate 75 percent of all undergraduates in this country. But over the past decade, state appropriations to flagship research universities have plummeted 34 percent. Now public research universities have found an unlikely advocate.

Responding to student activists who say divestment from fossil fuel companies would address global climate change, administrators at the University of Massachusetts are pledging to advocate for divestment.

New England is facing a labor shortage of skilled carpenters, welders, engineers, and plumbers. Experts say part of the problem is that the U.S. is sending far too many people down the primrose path to college. That’s why some educators, employers and unions are trying to convince more young women to go into the trades.

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