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What Makes You So Smart, Jeremy Johnson?

Noah Davis talks to one of the co-founders of 2U about “disrupting” education, being really bad at things, and being really, really good at things.


Can We Send More Low-Income Students to College Just by Instilling a Sense Competence?

New research unravels the difficult relationship between motivation and choice. Without a feeling of competence, it turns out, the presence of choice can drive people away from a given task.


Is Hacking the Future of Scholarship?

Once scholars begin—and the day is coming—hacking devices to find out more about influential people, the courts and the academic community will be faced with privacy decisions to make.


What Makes You So Smart, Kathryn Minshew?

Noah Davis talks to the co-founder of The Muse about those times when it’s not smart to seem really smart.


Collect Mentors and Make True Friends: Advice for New College Students From Sociologists

College can be a bewildering new challenge, but a bit of advice can go a long way.


Why Are Public Universities Failing Our Neediest Students?

Chasing prestige and battered by state funding cuts, many public colleges and universities with a historic responsibility to provide access to an affordable education have turned to “financial aid leveraging,” offering wealthy or high-scoring students discounts on tuition.


Professors Join the Precariat

Almost half of college instructors are part-time and struggle to piece together enough work to pay the bills.


What If the Best Remedy for a Broken Family Is No Family at All?

The San Pasqual Academy argues we should let foster teenagers create their own tribe.


Two-Thirds of College Students Think They’re Going to Change the World

But they’re cynical about the priorities of others at the same time.


It Is Possible to Graduate From a for-Profit College

For-profit higher education’s failings have the feds exercised anew. If only there was some way to know who might thrive in these institutions….


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