Deep Dive: Page 5

Industry insights from our journalists


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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
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    Will online learning help 4-year colleges weather the next recession?

    Colleges that can scale their distance programs will be better prepared in the event of another downturn that sends more adults back to school.

    Liz Farmer • Nov. 21, 2019
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    As more colleges become Hispanic-serving, some are playing catch-up

    The number of schools with the federal status doubled in the last decade and more are expected, spurring some to rethink how they serve Latino students.

    Kelly Field • Nov. 20, 2019
  • DACA students’ future hinges on an argument about procedure

    Colleges have rallied around the program, whose future was argued before the Supreme Court Tuesday in a legal challenge that could be protracted.

    Daniel C. Vock • Nov. 11, 2019
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    Is student housing's party over?

    Falling enrollments, excess supply and an uptick in defaults may foretell the end of a years-long spate of building amenity-rich housing on and off campus.

    Joe Bousquin • Nov. 6, 2019
  • With interest rates low, colleges get in on 100-year debt

    Colleges in need of capital are eyeing a financing option that lets them pay back their investment over a longer period than most bonds.

    Daniel C. Vock • Oct. 29, 2019
  • Colleges look to public-private partnerships for help with sustainability

    As more institutions outsource noncore tasks, some are tapping the private sector for technical and financial support to advance their energy goals.

    Hallie Busta • Oct. 11, 2019
  • 'This is the bust': Colleges tackle the challenge of regional consolidation

    As colleges close, budgets tighten and demographics shift, public institutions must address conflicting demands to lower costs and increase access.

    Liz Farmer • Oct. 2, 2019
  • These lawsuits could change the stakes for higher ed

    Latest: Eastern Michigan defends its Title IX practices in court documents. Judge pauses case challenging Yale's affirmative action policies. 

    Natalie Schwartz • Updated May 28, 2021
  • Tech giants and 2-year colleges are teaming up to teach in-demand skills

    Amazon, Facebook and Google are among the companies helping institutions craft curriculum, but some worry such programs can be limiting.

    Kelly Field • Sept. 4, 2019
  • To create a 'culture of giving,' colleges go after small donations

    Acknowledging little gifts often beget bigger ones, institutions are strategically soliciting smaller contributions from students and young alumni.

    James Paterson • Aug. 20, 2019