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One of the Hidden Culprits Behind Rising Tuition and Student Debt

Previous explanations as to the rising cost of higher education—focused on salaries and amenities—haven’t placed enough blame on those who are profiting.

In the Classroom


Cracking the Code of the New Economy: You Don’t Need a STEM Degree to Work in a STEM Field

Don’t be afraid to stick with your liberal arts education. If history is any guide, it could be just as valuable as knowing how to write code.

Quick Studies


Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?

Just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise can boost low-income college students’ academic performance. The effect is large enough to close the achievement gap.

What Makes Us Politic


George Will and the Latest in Rape-Denialism

The conservative columnist is peddling a toxic fantasy. Some people are buying.

Quick Studies


Do Minorities Fare Better at Multicultural Colleges?

Black and Hispanic college students experience more loneliness and depression than their white peers, even at schools where whites are the racial minority.

Five Studies


Hazards Ahead: The Problem With Trigger Warnings, According to the Research

Five studies you should read before you deploy a trigger warning.

Boom & Bust


Boom & Bust: Why Get a Degree in Mental-Health Counseling If Your Field Might Fail You?

Now that we’re finally starting to recognize mental health as a serious problem in America, we need to put in place the structures necessary to support those willing to study—and treat—it. As part of our week-long series on booms and busts, Jamie Wiebe asks: If MHC is a booming field, where’s the boomtown?

True Crime


Bringing Sexual Assault on Campus Into the Light

Efforts to increase transparency—and safety—at colleges and universities.

Sociological Images


What Do College Professors Do All Day?

Sit in meetings, mostly.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30


The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The High School Dropout Who Wants to Create Alternatives to Traditional Education

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Burgh Diaspora


Ironic Demographics: The Higher Education Bubble

Demographic decline is shrinking the pool of applicants for all but a handful of global superbrands, 80 percent of which are located in the United States.



We All Stand to Lose as Parents Struggle to Repay College Loans for Their Children

New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents.

The Law Won


Ban the Box: Employing Former Felons Will Improve the Economy and Public Safety

Lawmakers in 10 states and over 50 cities have already enacted Ban the Box policies, eliminating the check-box that asks about an applicant’s criminal record. It’s time for Congress to follow suit.

But It's Just a Game


Does Being a Division I Athlete Lower Your Quality of Life?

According to a number of former varsity athletes at Indiana University, it does. But don’t panic just yet: The findings are still very preliminary.

In the Classroom


The Business of Higher Education: What We Miss by Looking Only at Balance Sheets

The generation of knowledge by professors. The transformative conversations that happen outside of the classroom. The advancements in our understanding of society. How can you put a value on any of these things?



Should We Force Colleges to Disclose How They Allocate Financial Aid?

Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?

In the Classroom


Creating Content for Many to Access a Few

MOOCs have value even for those who don’t finish them.

True Crime


Are Prison Education Programs Worth It?

Cost-benefit analyses should consider more than dollars and cents.

Burgh Diaspora


MOOCs Are Going to Make College Even More Expensive

Many massive open online courses serve as giant, viral marketing campaigns for universities looking to find even more potential students.

Burgh Diaspora


Higher Education Is Dying

That’s what some are claiming, because where prospective students live, households will struggle to afford university.



Retail Theater: How College Pricing Is a Lot Like Holiday Store Sales

Those slashed retail prices that fueled your holiday shopping binges might be illusions. We explain why college pricing is similar—but even less transparent.



You Know Who Else Uses Unpaid Interns? Colleges and Universities

Over the past year, unpaid internships in journalism, film, and government have drawn more scrutiny. But some schools—notably, their athletic departments—have sought out unpaid interns, too.



This Year’s Best Reporting on Education

We review some of 2013’s best education-related accountability news.



George Washington University Has for Years Claimed to be Need-Blind—It’s Not

After years of repeatedly claiming to practice “need-blind” admissions, administrators at George Washington University now acknowledge that the school has long given an edge to wealthier students.



Is Alcohol Really to Blame for the Prevalence of Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

Access to alcohol isn’t anything new, but access to members of the opposite sex is.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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