From presidential races to local elections, decisions about where politicians send their children to school can attract public attention. But do these choices actually impact how voters cast their ballots? In new research, Leslie K. Finger, Thomas Gift, and Andrew Miner use an original survey experiment to examine how voters view politicians who send their children to public versus […]
Students of color in the Caribbean share the same plight as counterparts in white dominated countries.
In countries such as the UK and the US, Black and Brown people continue to be underserved by education systems and are more likely to leave school early without adequate qualifications for higher education or well-paid employment. This phenomenon is often linked to the White dominated environment in which they live. S. Joel Warrican draws a parallel between the […]
Book Review: Food Insecurity on Campus: Action and Intervention edited by Katharine M. Broton and Clare L. Cady
In Food Insecurity on Campus: Action and Intervention, editors Katharine M. Broton and Clare L. Cady present background research and case studies from American college campuses that are in the fight to end hunger among their students, an issue only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers, students and administrators are among those who can use these essays as a […]
Book Review: The University and Social Justice: Struggles Across the Globe edited by Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally
In The University and Social Justice: Struggles Across the Globe, editors Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally offer a new collection exploring university-based activism and social justice movements around the world. With rich accounts that cover diverse repertoires of action and collective struggles, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the state of Higher Education across the globe, finds Shreya Urvashi.
The first weeks of President Joe Biden’s new administration have seen a focus on getting a large COVID-19 relief and stimulus bill through Congress. Romesh Vaitilingam reports on a new survey of 42 economic experts on the relief proposals, with there being broad agreement that they should focus on relief rather than economic stimulus and that they should target […]
Jeremi Suri writes that while the Republican Party often attacks elite institutions, the party itself is led by graduates of elite universities, institutions which have enabled them to reach their positions of power through self-serving ambition. Elite universities, he argues, must return to their past priority as civic educators, not as engines of privilege.
Since the founding of the republic, […]
Expert US economists agree that cancelling student debt for those on low incomes is preferable to forgiving it for all.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began there had been ongoing debates over whether the US government should forgive some or all of the outstanding student loans it holds. Romesh Vaitilingam details the results of a survey of 42 US expert economists on student debt: the majority agree that paying off all student loans would benefit those on higher incomes […]
Increasing debt balances induce workers to give up graduate school and buy a house to stop paying rent, write Marc Folch and Luca Mazzone.
Student loans have become the new normal for bachelor’s degree recipients in the United States. Between 1993 and 2016, the percentage of students who had borrowed at any time during their undergraduate years rose from 45 […]
AMLO’s attacks on Mexico’s higher education institutions may accelerate the country’s scholarly exodus to the US.
In recent months the administration of Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has moved to reform the country’s higher education system by cutting funding and creating new ‘popular’ universities. Jesus Velasco argues that these reforms will cause long-term damage to the country’s future by reducing access to education for the underprivileged and further increasing the brain drain of scholars […]
Why Eurocentric literacy measures may be creating the illusion that Black students are underperforming.
Many have written about the apparent ongoing ‘achievement gap’ between young Black and White students, but in new research Patriann Smith and colleagues write that this ‘gap’ may not give a true picture of Black students’ literacy. They find that Black immigrant youth often speak multiple dialects just as their Black American peers do, and also often outperform them, […]