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Black and Hispanic students are half as likely to transfer as white students, and lower-income students half as likely as higher-income ones, contributing to the fact that only 28 percent of Black and 21 percent of Hispanic adults have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 42 percent of white adults.

The already low proportion of students who transfer from community colleges to bachelor’s degree-granting universities fell by about 10 percent over the last two years, with the decline even larger for Black students and men - part of the drop in people going to college at all. Read more»

Textbooks in the 70s and 80s focused primarily on describing the mechanics of the greenhouse effect, whereas books published in later decades contained significantly more information on harms such as sea level rise, risks to human health, species loss, extreme weather and food shortages. 

Evidence is mounting fast of the devastating consequences of climate change, but a study found that most college biology textbooks published in the 2010s contained less content on climate change than textbooks from the previous decade. Read more»

Enrollment challenges have hastened the closings of 121 private, nonprofit colleges in the last decade, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

As college enrollment erodes and skepticism mounts about the need for a degree, the pace of annual increases in tuition and fees has for the first time since the early 1980s slowed to a rate that’s well below inflation - now, some education institutions are starting to lower their prices. Read more»

Thirty-five states require identification to vote, and seven of them do not accept student IDs as proof.

Across the country, say voters on college campuses faced far too many difficulties trying to cast their ballots, and advocates want to expand same-day voter registration, encourage students to serve as poll workers and work with universities to make it easier for college students to vote. Read more»

Workers with bachelor’s degrees earn 67 percent more than people with only high school diplomas, according to the BLS.

There has been a significant and steady drop nationwide in the proportion of high school graduates enrolling in college in the fall after they finish high school, as fewer than one in three adults now say a degree is worth the cost. Read more»

The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade could have recruiting ramifications at universities in Arizona, which has a pre-Roe abortion ban on the books and where clinics have stopped performing abortion services since the June 24 ruling. Read more»

The census review won’t help with issues such as college students living in private rentals that are not classified as dorms—a common problem for college towns that complained of low counts.

The U.S. Census Bureau will allow local governments to ask for reviews of institutions counted in the 2020 census after problems with institutional counts for places such as college dorms, nursing homes and prisons have drawn 34 detailed complaints. Read more»

Most states significantly reduced their support for public higher education in the recession that took root in 2008.

Many states are boosting their budgets for public higher education more than at any time since 2008 and proposing even higher allocations down the road as politicians are focusing on the need for educated workers in an economy that’s short of talent. Read more»

The Department of Education has proposed regulations that would set a similar earnings threshold for career certificate programs in every sector, and for all degree programs at for-profits.

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»

Twelve percent of full-time private and 10 percent of full-time public university and college students are finishing four-year degrees within three years.

Several conventional colleges and universities are offering bachelor’s degrees in three years instead of the customary four as students and families increasingly chafe at the more than four years - and the cost - it now takes most of those earning degrees. Read more»

The number of colleges designated as Hispanic-serving institutions declined during the pandemic, reversing a 20-year trend. Experts worry that the dip could put Latino students at an even greater disadvantage.

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»

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»

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»

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»

Chinese universities produce more Ph.D.s in science, engineering, technology and math; by 2025, China will be turning out nearly twice as many graduates with doctorates in those fields than American universities will.

A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college - down nearly a million since the start of the pandemic and by nearly 3 million over the last decade - could alter American society for the worse, even as economic rivals such as China vastly increase university enrollment. Read more»

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