After Public Colleges Suffer Many Blows, a Film Fires Back

A new documentary about some of the most polarizing fights in academe seeks to spur discussion of the financial and political forces shaping higher education.



Calif. Bill Would Give New Bias Protections to Gay Students at Religious Colleges

Gay-rights groups say the measure would bring much-needed transparency to the institutions’ evasion of Title IX and a state anti-discrimination law. Several of those colleges say it threatens their autonomy and their beliefs.



How Clinton's 'Free College' Could Cause a Cascade of Problems

The Democratic nominee’s proposal might sound great, but it could close many colleges, pressure some flagships, and disappoint students.



‘Stereotypes Are at the Center’: a White House Official on Why Native Students Often Struggle

William Mendoza, director of the Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, had several false starts before completing college. He discusses how tribal colleges helped him find his way, and why they remain relevant to students today.


Disturbed by Protests, State Lawmakers Appoint a Panel to Audit the U. of Missouri

The Missouri legislature has put together a commission to recommend changes in the state-university system. Nothing is off limits.



Is Student-Loan Debt Really Holding Would-Be Entrepreneurs Back?

Hillary Clinton wants to help aspiring business creators with their loans. Higher-education experts don’t think that’s the best way to help them out.



4 Ways Cleveland’s Colleges Are Bracing for the Republican Convention

Amid concerns over protests and other potential unrest, institutions like Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College are expanding their police presence and advising students on how to stay safe.



Can a City's Compassion Remedy Educational Inequity?

Louisville, Ky., wants to be known for sending its kids, all of them, to college. And it has a plan to make that happen.



Call to Shut Down a Controversial Accreditor Could Shake For-Profit Higher Ed

The Education Department’s recommendation to strip the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools of its federal recognition could carry far-reaching consequences.


U.S. Proposes Easier Path to Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

In a draft rule set to be released this week, the Education Department takes steps prompted by the collapse of Corinthian Colleges.



State Lawmakers Seek to Protect Campus Speech, With Mixed Success

Arizona bars public colleges from confining protests to "speech zones," but other states’ legislatures resist taking stands on hot-button issues like microaggressions and trigger warnings.



Everyone’s Waiting for Trump’s Higher-Education Platform. In the Meantime, Here are Some Clues.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee hasn’t released a plan, but he has commented on student loans, international students, and more.



Where Does the Regional State University Go From Here?

Reeling from financial crises, the workhorse of public education is being reshaped on the fly.


What Obama’s Overtime Rule Could Mean for Colleges

The rule will affect more than just postdoctoral researchers at public institutions. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about its potential impact.



UNC Tuition for $500? State Lawmakers Consider the Possibility at 5 Campuses

Legislatures in several states have tried to curb college costs, but none has gone as far as a bill in North Carolina would. The bill’s focus on minority-serving institutions adds another dimension to the debate.



Why Do Politicians Keep Talking About ‘Hard-Working’ Students?

The frequently used phrase sheds light on how politicians and the public view higher ed — and they might not all be talking about the same thing.



Early Evidence: The College Scorecard Made a Difference, but Only for Some Groups of Students

New research finds that the government’s college-comparison tool had an impact, but that it was concentrated among advantaged students.



Governor's Veto Won't End Fight Over Concealed Guns at Georgia's Public Colleges

Nathan Deal, a Republican, had supported expanding gun rights to bars and churches. But he said the legislation failed to give campuses flexibility to set their own rules.



What Can the U.S. Learn From Switzerland, a World Leader in Apprenticeships?

Ambassador Martin Dahinden explains why two-thirds of his nation’s high-school graduates serve as apprentices and describes how America could import elements of the Swiss plan.



What Lawmakers in One State Talk About When They Talk About Diversity

After grilling university officials over diversity offices, diversity spending, and diversity goals, Republican legislators in Tennessee have now sent a bill to the governor’s desk with sharp restrictions.



How One College’s Lobbyist Is Handling a Controversial Bathroom Bill

Tennessee is one of several states where lawmakers have proposed legislation assailed as anti-transgender. The flagship’s chief lobbyist is charged with teasing out its effects on the campus — financial and otherwise.



Inside the Elaborate Web Presence of the Government's Fake University

The Department of Homeland Security used a sham college to charge 21 people with visa fraud. Like most universities, it had an active life on social media.



Why the Budget Stalemate in Illinois Is Hitting One University Especially Hard

Education experts worry that the uncertain fate of Chicago State University could drag down residents of the city’s South Side, where learning alternatives are few.