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Pushing Colleges to Become More Diverse

How can top colleges be persuaded to admit more talented low- and middle-income students? My column this week laid out a strategy for making colleges more economically diverse and meritocratic, based on policies at Amherst College and the University of California. But I didn’t spent much time on the politics of getting colleges to make [...]

10 Universities With the Smallest Classes

Small classes aren't commonplace at national universities—schools that award degrees on every level and emphasize research. This tends to hold especially true for freshmen and sophomores, who oftentimes take introductory level courses—typically in mathematics, science, or social science—sitting next to 400 of their closest friends. Read more...

Faculty seeks approval for study abroad program in Cuba

Students and faculty are working to overcome administrative hurdles to gain approval for a non-Tufts study abroad program in Cuba in an effort to align student travel and study in the country with recently passed federal law. Several Tufts faculty members conceived of the study abroad program in conjunction with members of the Juan Marinello [...]

How NOT to Go 6 Years for a 4 Year Degree

I know--it's been awhile since I have bestowed my mystic knowledge of college survival tips 'round these parts, and I do apologize.  Been a little busy over here on my end, but I'm back now and ready to shower down my wisdom from the mountaintop yet again. So here it is....enjoy Stick With Your First Major [...]

Unemployment Among Black College Graduates

As graduation season rapidly approaches, black college graduates may face a greater burden in the job market than their white counterparts. Black college graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed as white college graduates. The recession has only worsened this problem.  Unemployment among blacks is disproportionately higher than the rest of the population. Read [...]

Private Colleges Increased Aid as Economy Sank, Tuition-Discounting Survey Finds

Private colleges spent an amount equivalent to about 37 percent of all of their tuition and fee revenue on scholarships for students in the fall of 2010, an all-time high, according to an annual "tuition discounting" survey. The estimated tuition-discount rate for first-time freshmen—42.4 percent—was also a record high, according to a report on the [...]

Economic Troubles Reduce Pay for Recent Graduates

It's common knowledge that the recession has hurt job prospects for college graduates. But a new study has found that when graduates do find work, their jobs often have little to do with their college studies, or don't require degrees at all. A report by Rutgers University, "Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a [...]

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For as long as anyone can remember, students who have tried to transfer within the City University of New York system — from, say, a community college to a four-year school — have run into delays or denials in getting their course credits accepted. Many have wound up spending additional time and money to secure [...]

Students Can Get College Credit for Life Experience

Add one more thing to the list of tasks that colleges can outsource. This time, it's assessing "experiential learning"—that is, the skills students have gained in the workplace and other life trials—and determining how many credit hours should be awarded for that learning. Two fledgling organizations are game. Read more...

Where the Engineering Jobs Are

Eventually, Karin Hwang wants to reengineer injured human brains. But right now she's intent on launching her first invention, a device for use by expectant mothers that detects signs the baby may arrive too early. Hwang, 23, earned a master's degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University last May, entering one of the few [...]