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The Big Book

Inside today's fraternities

by Amy Scott and Maria Hollenhorst Jan 1, 2019
A lot of us have an image of what they look like. Is it justified?
Greek organizations "occupy this unique position where they are both dependent on universities and separate from them, and they are big businesses," author Alexandra Robbins says. Above, the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house at San Diego State University in California in 2012.
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As many students nationwide grapple with hunger, California offers food assistance

by Marketplace Contributor Sep 29, 2017
A survey of 34 universities and community colleges found that about 48 percent of students reported food insecurity in the previous 30 days, 22 percent with such low levels of food security that they qualified as hungry.
Emaline Friedman, a Ph.D. student and CalFresh recipient, unpacks groceries in her Los Angeles apartment.
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NYU program piles on classes for early graduation

by Kristin Schwab May 25, 2017
That's a year's worth of tuition saved. But something may be lost as well.
Students celebrate at the beginning of commencement ceremonies at New York University.
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Study suggests attending college full time is better

by Amy Scott Apr 20, 2017
Only about 40 percent of community college students earn a degree within six years. But students who go to class full time are much more likely to graduate. A new study finds that even one semester of full-time attendance makes…

DeVos rescinds Obama-era directives cracking down on federal student loan servicers

by Amy Scott Apr 13, 2017
If you are one of the 42 million people out there with federal student loans, you have surely come into contact with a loan servicer. That is a company or nonprofit paid by the federal government to collect your payments…

What does 'college affordability' mean?

by Aaron Schrank Apr 4, 2017
The Urban Institute has some answers in an online resource.
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Colleges try to reassure international students

by Amy Scott Mar 28, 2017
Foreign applications drop amid fear and uncertainty over Trump policies.
Polina Kaniuka, 28, a graduate student from Ukraine, at an event aimed at reassuring international students at Indiana State University.
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Emory University chooses to be a 'safe harbor' instead of 'sanctuary'

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 21, 2017
Students protest the school's decision, but the careful language may keep it from losing state funding.
Students, staff and faculty members walked out in protest and gathered in front of this administrative building at Emory University in February to pressure the university's new president Dr. Claire Sterk to label the university as a "sanctuary campus."
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Community college students face hunger and homelessness, new study finds

by Amy Scott Mar 16, 2017
'Life issues' get in the way of student success, Miami Dade campus president says.
The study finds two in three community college students are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t have reliable access to enough food. 
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Japan tackles skilled labor shortage with free education

by Sally Herships Mar 15, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a swing through Asia today. He’ll talk with leaders about the North Korean nuclear threat and bilateral trade deals. Tillerson’s first stop is Japan, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to combat the…