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    Cyberattacks keep targeting colleges. How can they protect themselves?

    Higher ed's sprawling systems mean cybersecurity doesn't come easy — or cheap. But smart strategies and thinking through risk can go a long way.

    Liz Farmer • Nov. 29, 2021
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    What does a college changemaker do, now that he's gotten what he wanted?

    Dan Greenstein spent nearly three years building toward a merger vote in the Pennsylvania system. Can his administration move from planning to doing?

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Oct. 8, 2021
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    Low census counts rattle college towns

    As population tallies roll out, campuses and city halls worry a census interrupted by COVID-19 could choke available public dollars.

    Daniel C. Vock • Oct. 4, 2021
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    What student safeguards are needed if Congress expands Pell to short-term programs?

    Recent research found the payoff for short-term Pell offerings varies widely, but some policymakers think they can work with the right precautions.

    Daniel C. Vock • Sept. 27, 2021
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    Surge in pandemic debt forgiveness is about students reenrolling — and also colleges' bottom lines

    Federal relief funding means institutions can target retention and receive a financial boost when forgiving student balances.

    Rick Seltzer • Aug. 11, 2021
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    Colleges level up healthcare programs to meet growing demand

    Some of the latest expansions have an eye toward interprofessional collaboration and short-term or accelerated offerings.

    Hallie Busta • June 25, 2021
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    Why SPACs are eyeing the education technology sector

    These "blank-check" companies could expand the industry's footing on Wall Street.

    Hallie Busta • June 25, 2021
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    International students face a rocky road to campus this fall

    Beyond coronavirus-related restrictions, experts say perceptions of the U.S. as unwelcoming linger, though some institutions will be more affected than others.

    Danielle McLean • June 24, 2021
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    How the national test-optional experiment played out at US colleges

    The pandemic accelerated the trend, upending conventions of postsecondary admissions going forward.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Updated June 9, 2021
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    A chancellor search in Georgia highlights the problems of 'partisan capture'

    The state's Republican leaders have a strong hand in the public system's workings — a dynamic observers argue it must break free of.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • June 1, 2021
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    The pandemic slowed tuition growth at some colleges. Will it last?

    Sticker prices at several dozen of the country's priciest colleges stalled during the pandemic, our analysis found. But several are raising rates again.

    Natalie Schwartz • May 25, 2021
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    What colleges can do to counter coronavirus vaccine hesitancy

    Strong uptake of the shots may allow schools to pull back some safety protocols, but getting buy-in on and off campus is critical.

    Danielle McLean • May 10, 2021
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    What other states can learn from Michigan about serving adult students

    Lawmakers and colleges there have been instituting policies that remove financial barriers for this often-overlooked population.

    Natalie Schwartz • April 16, 2021
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    Internships 'somewhat in flux' as employers make reopening decisions

    Employers reconfigured, delayed and even canceled their programs last year. How they revive those offerings is expected to vary widely.

    Ryan Golden • April 15, 2021
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    Donor and federal windfalls seed 'transformational' change at HBCUs

    The racial reckoning last summer inspired a stream of giving to these schools that stands to shrink institutional equity gaps — if the support continues.

    Danielle McLean • March 19, 2021
  • Community college enrollment sank this fall. But some programs fared better than others.

    Two-year schools strived to keep students cooking, welding and undertaking other hands-on training even as the pandemic limited course options.

    Charlotte West • March 9, 2021
  • As Pell Grants open up for incarcerated students, programs ready for growth

    Advocates are hopeful the change will increase access to a college education in prison, but they warn of persistent challenges.

    Joy Resmovits • March 5, 2021
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    3 HyFlex lessons from the pandemic and what's next

    As colleges took classes online, some adopted an emerging delivery model that lets students participate on their own terms. But it has limitations.

    Hallie Busta • Feb. 5, 2021
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    More colleges are partnering with boot camps to tap demand for short-term programs

    Institutions are lending their credibility to outside education providers as they seek help keeping pace with fast-changing technical fields.

    Natalie Schwartz • Feb. 1, 2021
  • Colleges get a crash course in digital recruiting during the pandemic

    Enrollment professionals say recent virtual trends will stick around this year and beyond. Whether colleges take full advantage of them is another matter.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Jan. 29, 2021
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    COVID-19 is pushing colleges to close the digital divide

    Institutions are helping students access classes online. But even with free laptops, hotspots and Wi-Fi access points, many are left out.

    Danielle McLean • Dec. 17, 2020
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    4 questions for colleges now that the US has a coronavirus vaccine

    Still, it will likely be several months before most students and employees are vaccinated, experts say.

    Hallie Busta and Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Dec. 15, 2020
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    Why 4-year colleges are tapping Amazon to help deliver cloud computing degrees

    Amazon Web Services is one of a handful of tech employers, including Google and Microsoft, helping colleges offer credentials in the field.

    Natalie Schwartz • Nov. 25, 2020
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    Colleges are changing the status quo to make curriculum more inclusive

    Protests this summer increased pressure on institutions to replace words with actions, but internal procedures and budgets can be limiting factors.

    Kelly Field • Nov. 24, 2020
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    How COVID-19 is changing the business of online learning for colleges

    The sector went remote in a flash. We explore how the changes could impact the kind of virtual instruction schools offer.

    Natalie Schwartz, Hallie Busta and Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Oct. 20, 2020