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report released by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) Thursday shows the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) does not indicate a student’s preparedness for post-high school success, and lacks  "alignment with college and career expectations.”

The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the nation needs the support of Congress to be able to make  community college accessible to everyone, giving all students, young and old, an opportunity to become part of the middle class.

What’s it like to run the institutions that are on the front lines of the debate we're having in this country over higher education and its merits?

Kathleen McCartney, who  just took over as the president of Smith College a little less than six months ago, says cost is a big part of her thinking.

Last week we covered a story exploring the potential benefits of a gap year – postponing the start of college.  In our interviews, we reported that although the gap year may be important in helping some young students mature and realize their ambitions in life, the privilege of affording this experience is very much contingent on one's economic background. Today, we hear some of your comments on our report to get a better idea of how people feel about gap years.

Wellesley College finds itself caught up in Chinese politics after an economics professor at Peking University lost his job and Wellesley professors tried to help him get it back. 

Not too long ago, American students were required to study civics and geography – courses intended to make them better citizens of the world. In recent years, books like The World Is Flat pointed out the need for global awareness.

As part of WGBH’s ongoing look at the role of higher education in this country and the world, we will be asking big thinkers to assess the state of America’s global competitiveness. WGBH’s Kirk Carapezza recently traveled to New York City to talk with Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A new survey shows the number of college students taking at least one online course has surpassed 7.1 million. But the report conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group finds the rate of growth in online enrollment has actually slowed in recent years.

Wisconsin's Northland College is the latest liberal arts school promising to freeze its tuition. The Associated Press reports freshmen at Northland won't pay more than $30,450 in tuition during their years on the Ashland campus. Responding to the public's outcry over the cost of college, more and more schools are pledging fixed-rate tuition.

Today, there are only about 50 women’s colleges left in the U.S. That’s down from more than 250 in 1950. Twice in the past six months, trustees at traditionally women’s colleges have voted to go coed: Pennsylvania’s Wilson College in January and then right here in WGBH’s backyard Pine Manor College in July.  

Fewer than half of those students who took the SATs in the class of 2013 are prepared for college-level work, a new report shows.

The College Board, which manages the college entrance exam, says only 43 percent of those who took the test received a total score of 1550 or higher out of 2400.

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