Higher education

The private college trap

The Globe Magazine over the weekend carried a provocative headline: “Work hard. Go to college. Get ahead…and other bad advice we’re giving low-income students.” The story by Neil Swidey doesn’t quite match the headline, but it nevertheless paints a very troubling portrait of low-income students getting in way over their heads financially at what Swidey(...)

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McKenna’s marketing deal with the Globe

As the Suffolk University soap opera heads toward some resolution today, one storyline hasn’t received much attention — the decision by President Margaret McKenna to enter into a $670,000 advertising and marketing agreement with the Boston Globe. The advertising deal came up last weekend when Suffolk board chairman Andrew Meyer and three other trustees told(...)

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Suffolk’s McKenna gaining upper hand

Suffolk University President Margaret McKenna met for four hours on Wednesday with her nemesis on the board of trustees, a sign that some resolution of the ugly public fight over McKenna’s tenure is in the offing. The board is scheduled to meet to fire McKenna on Friday, but her powwow with board chairman Andrew Meyer(...)

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Suffolk-cating presidents

Suffolk University is in a constant identity crisis. Of course, when you have five presidents in six years, that’s bound to happen. And, if the university’s board of trustees has its way, the downtown school may be making yet another change at the top. But this time, it’s not happening without a fight. Reports began circulating last(...)

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A higher ed turning point

A higher ed turning point

UMass must fight for long-overdue state investment

STATE FUNDING FOR the University of Massachusetts system is up for debate once again on Beacon Hill. Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders want UMass President Marty Meehan and the UMass board of trustees to roll back tuition and fee increases approved in June. However, in return for trimming student costs, Meehan wants the Legislature(...)

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Educating illegal immigrants

The question of granting in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants for public colleges and universities continues to vex lawmakers. Should we punish children who, through no fault of their own, landed here when their parents came through back channels? Should we deny these students the ability to learn and lift themselves out of the inevitable low-income(...)

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Lowering math standards not the answer

Lowering math standards not the answer

Higher ed students need better high school preparation or better remedial instruction when they arrive

IN HIS PERSPECTIVE PIECE in the Spring 2014 issue of CommonWealth (“To fill our talent pool, fix remedial education”), Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland expressed  concern at the number of college students who are placed into developmental math courses and fail to progress. We agree that far too many students are in developmental math courses. However,(...)

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SAT: Still Applicable Today?

As more colleges become test-optional, a revamped SAT attempts to address criticisms

A. E. B. C. A. D…….. It’s 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday. You’re sitting in a classroom with 30 other kids, filling in bubble after bubble with your No. 2 pencil while trying not to fall asleep. Three hours and 45 minutes have never felt so long. You wonder what makes this test so important.(...)

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