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Many certificate programs don’t pay off, but colleges want to keep offering them anyway

Certificates are the fastest-growing credential in higher education, touted as solutions for people who want training fast - but nearly two-thirds of undergraduate certificate programs left their students worse off than the typical high school graduate. ... Read more»

Fewer Latinos going to college, despite population growth

The number of colleges with Latino enrollment of at least 25 percent - designated as Hispanic-serving Institutions - has declined during the pandemic, reversing a 20-year trend in higher education, and putting these students at a disadvantage.... Read more»

After the pandemic disrupted their high school educations, students are arriving at college unprepared

Many students whose last years of high school were disrupted by the pandemic are struggling academically in the foundational college courses they need - now, as college students, they are not only are less prepared than they should be, they’ve forgotten how to be students.... Read more»

Constitutional ban on 'critical race theory' in Az schools, universities one vote away from November ballot

The proposed Republican constitutional amendment that would make it unconstitutional for Arizona public schools, colleges and universities to teach so-called “critical race theory” goes before the full Senate for vote, and if passed, it will go directly to the November ballot. ... Read more»

English learners in college: From marginalized to invisible

From kindergarten through 12th grade, students learning English are entitled to the resources to get them the same education as English-proficient peers, but what they receive varies drastically depending on where they live - and the path to college is largely uncharted and unregulated.... Read more»

Las universidades de todo el país enfrentan una rápida disminución en la matrícula masculina

Las universidades de todo el país enfrentan una rápida disminución en la inscripción de hombres con la Universidad de Arizona ligeramente abajo y ASU contrarrestando la tendencia. ... Read more»

Arizona a key state in $32 million investment to turn out young voters

Young voters in Arizona will be the target of a $32 million campaign seeking to mobilize those ages 18 to 35 ahead of the 2022 election cycle as part of a program funded by NextGen America, a left-leaning advocacy group founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. ... Read more»

​Why white students are 250% more likely to graduate than Black students at public universities

Financial pressure, spending excessive time in remedial classes, and feelings of exclusion or isolation are among the reasons white students at public colleges are two and a half times more likely to graduate than Black students, and 60 percent more likely to graduate than Latinos.... Read more»

Judge abolishes Trump-era restrictions on visas for skilled foreign workers

A federal judge on Wednesday permanently abolished Trump-era changes to H-1B visa rules that businesses and universities complained would make it harder to hire and recruit highly skilled foreign workers and students. ... Read more»

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. ... Read more»

After nation’s deepest higher ed cuts, Az advocates see glimmer of hope

Arizona cut higher education funding deeper than any other state last year, capping a five-year period in which the state led the nation with a 27.3 percent cut from its support for colleges, but the 2017 fiscal budget could see a modest increase.... Read more»1

100 days of Ducey: Gov. calls budget, education, and business 'highlights'

Gov. Doug Ducey boarded an RV dubbed the "Opportunity Express" to tout his first 100 days in office. Ducey points to promises kept, but a leading Democrat says it's been a bad 100 days. ... Read more»3

Business experts weigh in on state budget

Although they’re concerned state budget cuts will have long-term implications on the economy and job market, experts also found some bright spots for the business community. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

School's out completely

Whatever the final numbers, the outlook for education in Arizona is grim. Blame the Kookocracy. Blame the governor, wealthy Republican Douglas A. Roscoe Jr. aka "Doug Ducey." Or credit them. A majority of Arizonans voted them in.... Read more»

Course load: The growing burden of college fees

Student fees have been something of a known irritant for years, often criticized as a kind of stealth, second tuition imposed on unsuspecting families. But such fees are still on the rise on many campuses. And though their names can border on the comical — i.e., the "student success fee" — there's nothing funny about how they can add up. ... Read more»1

Obama: Stop college tuition hikes

President Barack Obama stood before a crowd of thousands of students at the University of Michigan, calling for more initiatives that will make college more affordable for Americans.... Read more»