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    Contracts, masks and apps: Colleges set new rules for campus life

    Coronavirus health and safety requirements run counter to what students may expect, and experts say they could be challenging to implement.

    Alia Wong • July 17, 2020
  • Pennsylvania's public colleges got the green light for major reform

    New legislation allows the beleaguered state system to consolidate campuses and share services to save money, but it's unclear whether leaders will do so.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • July 13, 2020
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    Why some colleges aren't reviewing SAT and ACT scores

    Experts say the pandemic may lead more schools to give up standardized tests altogether.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • June 30, 2020
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    Is this the end for college admissions tests?

    With testing sites closed and fewer colleges requiring students to take the SAT or ACT, longtime frustrations with their makers are simmering.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • June 30, 2020
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    How Texas' community colleges will help the state recover from its latest oil and gas bust

    College leaders are preparing to retrain state residents by offering short-term credentials and teaching recession-proof skills. 

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
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    Booms, busts and shopping malls: How community colleges are revamping workforce development

    New learning models and partnerships aim to address issues affecting higher ed widely and could be vital in recovering from the pandemic.

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
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    In a former shopping mall, Austin Community College sees a new way to learn

    The system is experimenting with an unconventional kind of learning space it hopes will help students engage and find support services.

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
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    Workforce academies elevate dual enrollment at one community college

    South Texas College enrolls several hundred high school students in programs preparing them for jobs in the high-poverty region's changing economy.

    Natalie Schwartz • June 24, 2020
  • Can colleges pull off widespread coronavirus testing?

    A linchpin of campus reopening plans, screening students, faculty and staff for the virus presents considerable costs and logistical challenges.

    Alia Wong • June 16, 2020
  • Plan to monitor colleges' financial health renews oversight debate

    House Democrats' proposal to surveil struggling schools doesn't go far enough to predict which institutions are at risk of closure, observers say.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • May 27, 2020
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    Uncertain when campuses can open, colleges make their fall plans flexible

    By splitting up courses and preparing for online classes, some schools hope to make the term easier to adapt as the public health situation changes.

    Alia Wong • May 18, 2020
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    How 3 small colleges in turnaround mode are adapting to the pandemic

    Leaders from Hampshire, Goddard and St. John's colleges share how the crisis is affecting ongoing efforts to revamp their operations.

    Natalie Schwartz • May 11, 2020
  • How colleges are helping undocumented students in uncertain times

    The absence of federal relief for this group and a pending Supreme Court decision on key protections have their futures in the U.S. in question.

    Kelly Field • May 7, 2020
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    Community college students struggle for clinical hours as classes go online

    Flexibility from accreditors is helping some healthcare students graduate and join the fight against coronavirus. But others will have to wait.

    Natalie Schwartz • April 15, 2020
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    Gen Z Takeover: Could online colleges gain traction with young students?

    A considerable number of traditional-age learners are favoring colleges with flexible, remote degree options over residential campuses.   

    Natalie Schwartz • April 3, 2020
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    Vermont's liberal arts colleges push back on closure concerns

    As institutions shutter across the state, leaders of the remaining schools face a new challenge: proving to students, and themselves, they're not next.

    Natalie Schwartz • March 9, 2020
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    The Ed Dept is leaning on mediation to clear backlog of sexual violence cases, sources say

    Its push comes as the laws and regulations around Title IX shift, creating a complicated oversight landscape.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • March 5, 2020
  • How the skills gap is changing the degree path

    To address demand for job-specific training, these colleges are giving students more ways to gain work experience and short-term credentials while in school.

    Mikhail Zinshteyn • Feb. 17, 2020
  • 3 trends impacting major for-profit college operators in 2020

    The election could be a key deadline for complex nonprofit conversions and change of control applications, and colleges are "at the wire," one analyst said.

    Hallie Busta • Jan. 31, 2020
  • 7 higher education trends to watch in 2020

    College consolidation, partnerships with employers and the effects of deregulation are among the topics we'll have our eye on this year.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Jan. 1, 2020
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    National American's financial woes raise questions for its future

    Experts predict the demise of the once-prosperous for-profit chain, but they are uncertain as to whether it is viable enough to be sold off.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Dec. 20, 2019
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    What 2U's year of change says about the state of online learning

    The OPM is reacting to increased competition in higher ed by finding new ways to reach students, but its public profile shows how high the stakes can be.

    Hallie Busta • Dec. 19, 2019
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    For community colleges, free college has its costs

    Early examples of what's become a wildly popular proposal among Democratic presidential hopefuls show students and schools need more support.

    Liz Farmer • Dec. 11, 2019
  • What employers want from colleges in tuition benefit partnerships

    We asked leaders from Walmart, Chipotle, JetBlue and Uber how they're using education benefits as more companies connect them to their bottom line.

    Hallie Busta • Nov. 26, 2019
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    How colleges are raising their student voting rates

    Schools are building on today's political energy to get more students to the polls. Here's what they're doing and what others can learn.

    Natalie Schwartz • Nov. 22, 2019