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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. 

Strike up the band, two of the country's most prestigious performing arts colleges - Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory - have agreed to merge. So far, it's one of the more high-profile mergers in higher education.

As part-time and adjunct faculty members at colleges and universities throughout the country are coming together to unionize, full-time professors at the Tufts University School of Medicine are taking the first step to join the Service Employees International Union.

Labor economists at Georgetown University are out with their own rankings of more than 1,400 colleges and universities based on graduates’ earnings potential. The report, Ranking Your College: Where You Go and What You Make, gives students and families a list of colleges with the highest earnings potential ten years after students enroll.

Massachusetts lawmakers are eyeing a bill that would make community colleges tuition-free for some in-state students. The bill got a hearing before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Higher Education on Wednesday.

Simmons College is moving four of its graduate degree programs online, including the nation’s only MBA designed specifically for women.

The National Labor Relations Board has punted its much-anticipated decision on whether Northwestern football players may form a union. On Monday the Board effectively dismissed a prior regional ruling, which said scholarship football players at private universities are employees and, therefore, should be allowed to unionize.

Corporate America is increasingly partnering with online higher education. First, it was Starbucks and Arizona State University. Then, it was Chrysler-Fiat and Strayer University in Virginia. Just this month, Chipotle got wrapped up in the movement. More businesses are paying for their workers to go to college, and employees are taking advantage of the opportunity.

Harvard Business School is bringing its legendary curriculum to liberal arts colleges - online. One of the world's most prestigious business schools is expanding its digital learning initiative, HBX, a year after it launched.

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust is offering to meet with student activists and environmentalists if they end their blockade of her office and stop disrupting university business.

For the past five days, the student-led group Divest Harvard has been blocking Massachusetts Hall, Harvard’s oldest building, demanding the university sell off fossil fuel stocks in its $36 billion endowment. The goal, organizers say, is to address climate change.

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