What does the future hold for college costs and enrollment?

As the new semester gets under way at many colleges and universities, Hechinger’s Jon Marcus speaks with Here & Now host Robin Young about trends in cost and enrollment, and market forces coming to bear in the decision-making process.

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Is state-sponsored pre-k the solution for Mississippi?

What would help the children of Mississippi, which has test scores that are consistently among the nation’s worst? The Hechinger Report and Time magazine have partnered to take a long look at the state’s performance and try to find some answers and solutions. From Hechinger editor Liz Willen’s first piece in the ongoing series: Although […]


Causes and consequences of high suspension rates

Sarah Carr, a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report, talked recently with ABC radio about the causes and consequences of high suspension rates in schools. The Hechinger Report focused on these issues in a recent piece for Time.com set in New Orleans and Baltimore. Both the article and the radio interview dive into the long-term […]

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Radio interview: Funding community colleges based on their success

With the debate continuing about matching graduates’ skills with workforce needs, Hechinger contributing editor Jon Marcus speaks on the Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, Boston, about a proposal in Massachusetts to fund community colleges based on their success in training students for jobs in growing industries. Long-neglected community colleges are being pressed to do more […]

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Jon Marcus talks about Arne Duncan and higher-ed costs, accountability

Jon Marcus, who writes about higher education for The Hechinger Report, attended an event yesterday at Emerson College in Boston at which U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke about higher-education costs and accountability. Marcus appeared on the public-television program Greater Boston on WGBH-TV, Boston, to discuss the issues.

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Interview: Jon Marcus talks about free universities and their impact

Jon Marcus, a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report, recently had an article in The Washington Post about how a wave of free online universities could change the traditional U.S. higher education system. From his story: Several new companies and organizations with impressive pedigrees are harnessing the Internet to provide college courses for free, or […]

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California ballot initiative seeks to expand access to online education

For public school students in California, where you live usually determines where you can learn. To David Haglund, that’s not right.

This month, Haglund, principal of the Riverside Virtual School, an online independent study program run by the Riverside Unified School District, introduced a statewide ballot initiative [PDF] that would give students unrestricted access to publicly funded courses – wherever they are.


Kindergartners at the keyboard [podcast]

In October, Hechinger Report writer Jill Barshay reported on computer instruction in kindergarten classrooms in a story that ran in Education Week and newspapers across the country. Last week she was a guest on American RadioWorks, where she spoke with executive editor and host Stephen Smith about the story.

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The new G.I. Bill: Big money, big challenges [podcast]

In September, Hechinger Report writer Jon Marcus reported for The Washington Post that universities were heavily recruiting veterans to get a piece of the $11 billion made available through the new post-9/11 G.I. Bill, but providing little of the additional support that many veterans say they need. Marcus was a guest on the public-radio program […]


Survey: Colleges looking for students who can pay, some willing to lower standards

With the economy still sagging, many colleges and universities are focusing on students who can afford to pay more of the costs of attending, according to a survey by Inside Higher Ed. The survey, which was released Wednesday morning, included responses from more than 450 admissions officials at colleges and universities. One of the key […]

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