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Competing for wealthy students, colleges increasingly admit them early

Oct 31, 2023
For the educational institution, the practice increases certainty around admissions. Critics say it undermines fairness.
Rachel Aveni applied early to New York University, hoping to gain an edge in getting into her dream school.
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The hidden costs of transferring to a 4-year college

Jun 15, 2023
Those hard-earned community college credits don't always count toward a four-year degree.
According to the Government Accountability Office, students trying to transfer from a two- to a four-year college lost an average of 30% of their credits.
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Community college students without cars can face transportation challenges

Oct 21, 2022
In New England, not all campuses are accessible by public transportation.
Roxbury Community College student Kiara Rosario asks an Orange Line shuttle driver whether there’s room for her on board.
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Should colleges be accountable for some student debt?

Sep 28, 2022
About 36 million people in the U.S. have some college education, but no degree, yet they still owe money on student loans.
President Joe Biden announced a three-part plan that will forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in federal student loan debt.
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People of color who own small businesses in college towns say it's hard to sell to schools

Aug 15, 2022
Smaller operations report barriers to entering the educational procurement market, a study shows, despite commitments to diversity.
Terryl Calloway runs a small graphics and printing firm in Boston, a short distance from many campuses, but he says it’s been challenging to attract them as customers.
Meredith Nierman / GBH News

Massachusetts college eliminates loans and work requirements from student aid

Jun 13, 2022
Might other private colleges follow Williams College's lead?
Daniela Corona stands outside the admissions building where she works as a tour guide at Williams College.
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Some college buildings are vaccination sites, but most faculty, students aren't eligible yet

Feb 24, 2021
Distribution of vaccines on campuses has sparked debate about whether students and faculty should be getting the shots.
Taylor Davis, 61, teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She said college professors should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine once K-12 teachers are eligible. “I am more concerned about what an 18-year-old is going to do in their social time than I am a fifth grader,” she said.
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Liberal arts colleges look to career and tech education to bolster enrollment

Feb 2, 2021
With the number of high school graduates expected to shrink in New England and a shortage of people in tech, colleges see an opportunity.
Claudia Cabrera, who is taking advanced manufacturing courses at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, says someday she wants to help make robots.
Meredith Nierman

Should Massachusetts tax its wealthiest higher ed institutions to subsidize the cost for public college students?

Nov 1, 2018
Universities with big endowments must start paying a new tax that passed as part of the GOP’s tax overhaul.

Can employee tuition benefits boost graduation rates?

Jul 10, 2015
Flexible degree programs should raise enrollment, analyst says.