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This month, as parents packed up minivans and then dropped their kids off at college, unpacking their teenager’s brain might have been their biggest challenge. New research shows the teenage brain is not fully mature, even at the end of college.


Last week, one of the country’s largest for-profit chains -- ITT Technical Institute -- shut its doors. The closure is just the latest blow to the embattled for-profit college industry, which, in recent years, has faced questions about its place in the higher education marketplace.

The federal government announced Friday that it's expanding visas to Syrian students studying at American colleges and universities. The Department of Homeland Security is trying to make it easier for Syrian refugees to work while in the U.S.

With school back in session, many high school juniors and seniors are beginning to look at colleges, many of them paging through college guides like the Princeton Review.

But the vast majority of college students in this country are adults struggling to balance work and family responsibilities.

That's why this year Washington Monthly magazine is out with a different kind of college ranking - one that, for the first time, ranks the best two- and four-year colleges for adult learners.

Smith College has long upheld progressive values, urging its students to root out racism and injustice wherever they see it. Recently, that's included Smith’s own School for Social Work, where some faculty are raising questions about whether administrators have gone too far in responding to students' demands.

ITT Technical Insitute announced on Tuesday it will cease academic operations at more than 130 campuses nationwide.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is taking action against a company that promises to assist borrowers with student loan debt relief. On Friday, Healey reached a settlement with Libre Technology.

Georgetown University will offer an edge in admissions to the descendants of slaves sold in the 1800s to keep the university financially afloat. The Catholic university announced Wednesday that it is taking several steps to recognize and memorialize the Catholic university’s past, including the creation of a center for the study of slavery and the construction of a memorial to the 272 slaves sold in 1838.

In her latest book, Student Debt: Rhetoric and Realities of Higher Education Financing, Sandy Baum argues that the student loan debt "crisis" isn't as bad as we're often led to believe.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities may be eligible to unionize. 

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