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This month, Dr. Paula Johnson officially leaves the field of medicine to become the first African American president of Wellesley College. As part of our series with leaders in higher education, Dr. Johnson sat down with WGBH's Kirk Carapezza during her first day on the job. 

This summer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is partnering with a private company to recruit and enroll more international students. The flagship campus is finalizing the deal amid criticism that it's accepting too many out-of-state students.

Not many college presidents come from outside the Ivory Towers. Jeff Weiss, who took the helm at Lesley University on July 1 is one of the few.  

Three Ivy League schools are alleged to have used racial quotas to limit the number of Asian American students admitted to their campuses. The Asian American Coalition for Education says Yale, Brown and Dartmouth have been doing this for at least a decade. The group recently filed a complaint with the federal government.

In Washington D.C. on Monday, a coalition of nearly 130 Asian-American organizations filed a complaint with the federal government claiming anti-Asian bias in admissions at several Ivy League institutions. The Asian American Coalition for Education is asking the government to investigate admissions practices at Yale, Brown and Dartmouth. 

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.

The biggest difference between college in the 50s and college now? The tuition. Arizona State University President Michael Crow makes three proposals to tackle rising costs and other issues in America's higher education system. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. For 50 of those years, one small college in Manchester has been at the center of much of the political drama.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can be found everywhere, including on college campuses. Since many colleges have non-profit status, they don’t allow students to open up shop on campus, pushing many student-run business operations underground.

Paris is one of the most popular study abroad destinations for students at New England colleges. After Friday’s attacks, which targeted places where young people hang out, many schools are scrambling to contact students in the French capital and reassure families at home.

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