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  • How America’s College-Closure Crisis Leaves Families Devastated

    After a chain of for-profit colleges abruptly closed, The Chronicle of Higher Education conducted an in-depth analysis of federal data related to closures. The analysis, which required extensive data work, showed that more than 1,200 college campuses closed in the last five years – an average of 20 closures per month. These closures displaced roughly 500,000 students, most of whom were working adults. The data showed that most of these displaced students were at least 25 years old, and about 57 percent are racial minorities. The vast majority of displaced students – nearly 85 percent – attended a for-profit college. The for-profit industry has received scant oversight from the Trump administration, despite the industry’s long history of problems. The Chronicle’s investigation highlighted the need for greater oversight of this troubled sector of higher education.
  • Sports At Any Cost

    We teamed up with The Chronicle of Higher Education to tell how in an era of soaring college costs and mounting student debt, universities are spending billions of dollars to prop up their sports departments. Our overview feature showcases deep reporting from Georgia State, which has invested millions into a football program that hasn't attracted much support.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: Confessions of a Fixer

    Brad Wolverton's “Confessions of A Fixer” exposes how one former coach perpetuated a widespread cheating scheme that benefited hundreds of college athletes at dozens of institutions. Based on countless interviews conducted since the summer with Mr. White, the “fixer” himself, the startling narrative represents a milestone in the ongoing conversation on academic impropriety in college athletics, and exposes online education’s particular weaknesses to cheating. The piece was published on Dec. 29 and a week after, the University of Texas at Austin launched an internal investigation into the allegations in the story. Shortly thereafter, another central institution in the story, Adams State University (CO), had frozen enrollment in its correspondence courses, started a review of its student-verification process, and cancelled a class mentioned in the article.
  • Degrees of Suspicion

    This investigation by The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the popularity of so-called "diploma mills"and Web sites which provide people with fake degrees and diplomas. The reporters also discover many "legitimate" professors behind some of these operations who run unaccredited universities and colleges. The article also looks into the background of some of these Web sites, and you'll never guess where they're coming from.
  • Alcohol Arrests on Campuses Jumped 10% in 1996; Drug Arrests Increased by 5%. College officials attribute changes largely to tougher enforcement, not more substance abuse.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education conducts an annual survey of nearly 500 of the country's biggest colleges and universities. In this article, the Chronicle reveals that "the percentage increase in alcohol arrests for 1996 was by far the largest in the five years that The Chronicle has tracked crime." This story includes photos, fact boxes, and the raw crime data from 487 U.S. Colleges and Universities.
  • Do Accreditors Look the Other Way When Colleges Rely on Part-Timers?

    The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the issue of part-time professors and found that "adjuncts say agencies ignore their own rules about the need for full-time faculty members."
  • Bitter Aftertaste

    Antonia Demas, a graduate student, feared that some professor might steal her idea--and in this case, one did. Hers is a cautionary tale of a nutrition expert obsessed with justice, the professor who took credit for her work, and a university unwilling to do much about it . The Chronicle of Higher Education calls it a "stark case of academic misappropriation."
  • A College Becomes the Family Business

    The Chronicle of Higher Education investigates why the new president of the Southwestern Michigan College is the son of the board chairman. "No one is questioning the new president's academic credentials, but some people in town and nationally see his appointment as symptomatic of problems that arise when one person runs a college for too long," the Chronicle reports.
  • Private College Presidents Enjoy Another Lucrative Year

    The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the increasing compensation packages of the chief executives of private colleges. The story reveals that "the number of presidents earning in the $400,000s and more than $500,000 took a substantial leap in the fiscal year 2000, while the number earning in the $300,000 dipped slightly." The report includes survey data about the pay and benefits of the top leaders of 600 private colleges and universities, as well as the institutions' expenditures and revenues for 1999-2000.
  • New Scrutiny for Powerful Greek Systems

    The Chronicle of Higher Education examines controversies surrounding the today's Greek system. The reporter finds that fraternities and sororities often promote racist and sexist attitudes. The story exemplifies the findings with two incidents - the rejection of a black student by all white sororities at the University of Alabama, and the distribution of a sex newsletter by a fraternity at Dartmouth College.