Wider Column

At a college wounded on 9/11, memories endure 20 years later

Borough of Manhattan Community College lost eight students and alumni plus a building in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. On the 20th anniversary, lessons reverberate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Black students need changes to policies and structures beyond higher education

Experts agree higher education needs to do more to create equity for Black students. But more attention needs to be paid to barriers Black students face before they step foot on campus.


Scholars who study Hinduism and India face hostile climate

Highly respected professors face intimidation, threats and smear campaigns for deviating from the views of the Hindu right.


A community college grapples with the implications of international student growth

Community college in Washington State increasingly relies on international student revenue, but some faculty worry it is moving away from its mission of serving local residents.


Problems mount at Cheyney University, the oldest HBCU


Cheyney U, the nation's first black college, faces rising deficits, falling enrollments and a crumbling campus. Are its problems due to decades of unfair treatment by Pennsylvania, inept management or both?


The for-profit industry is struggling, but has not reached the end of the road

Feeling the push to survive heightened regulations, intense scrutiny and negative perceptions, the for-profit industry looks to transition to a new era.


At U. of Illinois, growth in the number of Chinese students has been dramatic

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolled 37 undergraduates from China in 2000. Now it has close to 3,000. What are the implications of such a shift?


With increasing international enrollments, faculty grapple with implications for classrooms

As international student enrollments have skyrocketed, U.S. universities are just starting to sort out the implications for the classroom. Do professors need to adjust grading expectations for written assignments?


A look at the landscape of pathway programs for international students run in cooperation with for-profit partners

The continuing growth of pathway programs for international students reflects trends toward for-profit/nonprofit partnerships and raises questions about readiness and rigor.


2014 in and out list for higher education

A look at the trends, people and terms that shaped 2013, with predictions about the year to come.



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