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One of this country's largest student-loan companies is accused of mismanaging a federal program that promises debt forgiveness to people who work in the public or non-profit sector.

Just over half of all workers in Massachusetts now hold a college degree, marking the first time any state has reached that threshold. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, which did the study, says Massachusetts has the best-educated workforce and the highest median wages in the U.S.

Colleges in New England are among those around the country removing monuments and markers memorializing Confederate alumni. Maine's Bowdoin College has relocated a memorial to alumni who fought for the Confederacy.

* This story originally aired on WGBH News on July 18, 2016.

The Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, and it’s likely to be one for the history books. Many of the scholars who will write that history, though, are already concerned about what they'll have to look back on if Donald Trump should win the presidency. A group calling itself Historians Against Trump has published an open letter outlining what it sees as a mission.

New research shows the mere presence of your smartphone – even if it isn’t ringing and you aren't staring at it – undermines your ability to perform certain tasks.

Last weekend's tragic violence sparked by white supremacists on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville highlights how unprepared colleges are to handle the threat of political violence.

On the campaign trail and now in the White House, President Donald Trump has talked tough on trade, specifically when it comes to China. His heated rhetoric has resonated with Trump's supporters, but it's making American colleges and universities anxious.

While its record of battling propaganda online is not a strong one, the U.S. government has enlisted Pakistani, American, and Italian college students to counter violent extremist groups like white nationalist organizations and ISIS.

Massachusetts has the highest percentage of people with a college credential or certification in the U.S. That's according to a new report out this week from Lumina Foundation, an education nonprofit. While fewer than half of working-age Americans hold at least one college credential, Lumina finds here in Massachusetts the rate is 55 percent.

Last summer, the United States Supreme Court ruled on affirmative action, deciding the University of Texas at Austin can consider race among many other factors in admissions. Meanwhile, a small, private college in Poughkeepsie, New York has found another way to enroll and graduate more high-performing, low-income minority students.

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