Higher Education

What Does It Take To Get Into Harvard? Not What You Might Expect

With these words of advice to parents, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust surprised the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Make your children interesting!” If that’s the trajectory to “success,” it should make parents, teachers, and schools question whether the current system is helping to foster an interesting life for kids. How to Get Into Harvard    

College Students of Color Reject Rosy Pictures of Diversity

Glossy images of diverse student bodies at universities are meant to convey these institutions’ warm embrace of prospective students, employees and supporters. But research suggests that when the images don’t line up with reality, the use of minority member photographs can backfire, generating an effect exactly opposite of the one intended.

Despite Steep Cost, College Degrees Still Show Value

The gap in earnings between young people who have a college degree and those who don't has continued to widen over the past several decades. And while total student loan debt in the U.S. continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

Universities say they're looking for students who are engaged citizens and independent thinkers with a desire to be a part of the school’s community. But many of the measures used to determine college admission don’t test for those qualities. Instead, colleges look at SAT or ACT test scores, the number of Advanced Placement classes a student has completed, GPAs and the ability to write a strong essay. There is often a disconnect between the kind of student colleges say they want and what students have to do to be admitted.

Do Schools Neglect Girls Who Don’t Want to Go to College?

In a new poll, parents of girls were more likely to say no when asked if schools were sufficiently preparing students for the world of work. With many well-paying trades still dominated by men, girls may have a harder time succeeding in the workplace without some kind of higher education.