Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

February 22, 2018

The Perils of Trashing the Value of College

This question of who gets educated — who deserves the time and resources to learn — is not new. Nor is the desire to distinguish between practical knowledge and idle exploration. The University of North Carolina’s 1789 charter calls for "all useful Learning," a caveat that stresses higher education’s need to serve worldly ends.

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February 15, 2018

A College Designed for Adults

At College Unbound, a new institution in Rhode Island, the curriculum and services reflect the life and work experiences of older students. “We’ve tried to become what they needed,” says Adam Bush, its provost.

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January 28, 2018

Higher education is headed for a supply and demand crisis

Beyond the overall numbers shifting, high school graduating classes will become more diverse. Those classes will have fewer white students and more Hispanic students, according to demographers, and a greater range of academic abilities. Family incomes remain stagnant, so student financial need will increase. In other words, the decade ahead will be tumultuous for college enrollment.

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