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Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds from dozens of education systems around the world take the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which measures their proficiency in reading, math and science. Massachusetts is one of only two states in the U.S. that pays to participate as a "mini nation,” hoping its investment will pay off.

Graduate and some undergraduate students at Harvard University will vote this week on whether to form the Ivy League’s first graduate student union.

College is usually an opportunity for students hoping to get ahead and improve their lives. But that promise can lead to disappointment for low-income parents if they can’t find affordable, high-quality childcare. A school in Massachusetts has been trying to change that.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced new legislation on Thursday aimed at improving the college accreditation process.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, in collaboration with the state Department of Higher Education, is hosting two workshops aimed at helping the state's nearly 500 former ITT Technical Institute students left in the lurch, after the for-profit career school shut down earlier this month. But some of the former ITT students attending Tuesday's workshop said they're not satisfied with the options available.

This month, Doctor David Podell takes the helm at Massachusetts Bay Community College. For the past eight years, he was the vice president for Academic Affairs at Marymount Manhattan College in New York.

As part of our Leaders in Higher Education series, On Campus' Kirk Carapezza  caught up with Podell on campus in Wellesley and asked him how his previous experience at a private college prepared him for his new job.

Students and faculty at four Boston-area colleges will welcome new leaders to campus for this upcoming school year. These soon-to-be college presidents will serve their schools during a time of nationwide racial tensions, increasingly competitive higher education markets, and a palpable anxiety about the fate of private liberal arts colleges and state-funded universities.

With millions of college students struggling to pay back their student loans, federal officials are creating new protections for borrowers. The U.S. Education Department is setting higher customer service standards for companies that collect student loans.

There’s a lot in the news about college presidents grappling with diversity, race and ethnicity. But Ronald Liebowitz heads a campus established nearly 70 years ago as a national model of ethnic and religious pluralism. This month, Liebowitz became the ninth leader of Brandeis, a private research university that considers social justice central to its mission. 

As part of our series of conversations with leaders in higher education, On Campus' Kirk Carapezza sat down with Liebowitz before his official first day on campus in Waltham. 

Students at the University of Massachusetts can expect higher tuition bills next fall. Confronted with a budget gap of millions, the UMass Board of Trustees today voted to hike tuition across all five campuses by 5.8 percent.

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