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The Next America

Education

Can Technology Get More Students Through College?

Officials at Virginia's largest community college are turning to data analytics in the hopes of boosting graduation rates.

Why Colleges Want Your Personal Data

If data analysis helps raise graduation rates, is that worth the privacy concerns?

Does NYC's Pre-K Expansion Deserve a Failing Grade?

Bill de Blasio's universal-preschool system appears to be favoring families with means.

Why Free Tuition Is Such a Hard Sell

Most of her students could go to college for free. But this Baltimore guidance counselor struggles to convince any of them to take the plunge.

Student Loans Are Bad for Your Health

The mere act of borrowing money for college can take a mental and physical toll.

Is There a Better Way to Deal With Student-Loan Debt?

More flexibility in repayment plans might benefit both borrowers and lenders.

Closing the Achievement Gap, One School at a Time

There are plenty of ways to get more minority students in advanced high school courses. But the first step is to recognize the problem.

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