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Do Americans Expect Too Much From a College Degree?

By Dan Berrett

A new book about the Class of 2009 shows how economic measures that judge institutions can overshadow their missions.


Education Dept. Tells Ratings Skeptics Their Concerns Are Valid

By Kelly Field

A key official said the department won’t attempt to create a college-ratings system without accounting for the distinct student bodies that different institutions serve.


George Washington’s Public-Relations Challenge: Its Ex-PresidentPremium Link

By Lee Gardner

Will College Ratings Hurt Minority Students? Here's Why Researchers Are WaryPremium Link

By Kelly Field

U.S. Is Urged to Curtail Alarming Dropout Rates Among Minority Men

By Katherine Mangan

How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell

By Goldie Blumenstyk

Political Scientists Propose New Ways to Engage Policy Makers and the Public

By Beth McMurtrie

Academic Freedom


U. of Illinois Feels Backlash From Scholars Angered by Salaita Case

By Sydni Dunn

To protest the withdrawal of a job offer to the controversial professor, at least two speakers have canceled engagements.


Scholars Sound Alarms About Being Judged on Their Civility

By Nick DeSantis

Academics questioned an assertion that the University of Illinois had to reinforce an expectation of a community "that values civility as much as scholarship.”


Don't Speak Out: The Message of the Salaita Affair

By David M. Perry

Online speech by faculty members is increasingly being policed by administrators anxious to avoid controversy.

Paying for College


Are Poor Families Really Paying Half of Their Income at Elite Colleges?

By Beckie Supiano and Soo Oh

The government publishes net prices students in different income bands pay. That should help prospective students—but colleges don't report their data the same way.


Comparing Colleges' Net Prices Is Tricky, in More Ways Than One

By Beckie Supiano

Now that the government provides data on what families at various income levels pay, it’s tempting to make comparisons. But you might be taking an apple for an orange.

Recruiting a High School Standout

The Courting of Marvin Clark

By Brad Wolverton

“Need ya bro.” “Need ya man.” “All about you!” Inside colleges' pursuit of a high-school basketball star.

Finding Little Albert

The Search for Psychology's Lost Boy

By Tom Bartlett

In 2009, one of the great mysteries in the field’s history was solved. Or was it?