Higher Education

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.

Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education

A burgeoning new group is applying the self-organized learning organization concept to higher education. "For entrepreneurship, the arts, communications, or other fields where the learning isn’t as codified, it doesn’t make sense to use the same models. For those fields, you don’t need a university degree."

Tech Disaster Torments College Applicants

Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.

How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

A growing body of evidence suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there. Historian and educator Ken Bain has written a book on this subject, What The Best College Students Do, that draws a roadmap for how students can get the most out of college, no matter where they go.