How the game has changed for Black college athletes

Following a Florida bill that effectively bans DEI programs at the state's college and universities, the NAACP has called on Black athletes to reconsider attending predominantly white institutions.
"The game has changed, no pun intended," when it comes to athletes and activism, said "Marketplace" special correspondent Lee Hawkins. "NIL deals are now part of the equation, the stakes are so much higher."
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Climate change is the focus in shared curriculum for business schools

"We can't really address the problem without engaging business at full scale," says Columbia Business School's Bruce Usher.
The Open Climate Curriculum is a free, shareable resource for educators to teach business students about the climate crisis.
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Student protestors have a long history of demanding financial divestment

Apr 30, 2024
In the '70s and '80s, college students demanded divestment as a way to put pressure on South Africa to end its apartheid policy.
Pro-Palestinian students and demonstrators barricade themselves at Columbia University's Hamilton Hall  on Tuesday.
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Free community college programs increase enrollment — and strain staff

Apr 24, 2024
Free tuition programs in two New England states have brought thousands of new students into community college classrooms. But they're also straining some schools' faculty and financial aid staff.
Fernando Garcia-Rodriguez, assistant director of Mount Wachusett Community College Educational Opportunity Center, and Cassie Peltola, a community outreach counselor, look at a FAFSA online application form.
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Vanderbilt will soon cost $100,000 a year for some students. How did we get here?

Apr 8, 2024
While Vanderbilt offers merit aid and need-based financial aid, its high sticker cost says a lot about college affordability in the U.S.
The cost for some students at Vanderbilt University for the 2024-25 school year? North of $98,000.
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Higher ed expands in prisons as students prepare for life on the outside

Mar 6, 2024
Schools are seeking government approval to start degree programs after financial aid for incarcerated students was fully reinstated.
Brandon Warren, who runs the reentry program at Lee College Huntsville Center, created educational resources for people in prison.
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Brenda Brooks dropped out of college 40 years ago. Federal rules mean she can’t afford to return.

Feb 29, 2024
Now 60, she learned that her decades-old GPA disqualifies her from receiving federal loans or grants.
Brooks started college in the 1980s as a young adult with two small children. Like 40 million other Americans, she didn't finish.
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College and university endowments had a good 2023 thanks to the stock market

Feb 15, 2024
Larger endowments — which tend to invest more in private equity and venture capital — didn't do as well as smaller ones that stuck to investment basics.
Endowments provide, on average, about 11% of the annual operating budgets for colleges, a new survey finds.
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Why some college athletes want to unionize

Feb 7, 2024
A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Dartmouth's men's basketball players are employees who can form a union.
Players on the Dartmouth Big Green basketball team filed a petition to unionize in the fall. Above, the Dartmouth Big Green basketball team in 2021.
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The economic implications of graduating college at an older age

A new study finds that "a large fraction — around 20% — of college graduates obtained their degree after age 30."
"Late bloomers account for more than half of the growth in the share of college-educated adults from 1960 to 2019," said Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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