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Occupy College

The crushing burden of student debt has shattered the American dream for a whole generation. They want their future back.

Our colleges and universities have never been truly open to everyone. But against the backdrop of a worsening high school drop-out rate and rising student debt burdens for those who do make it to college, can American higher education be saved?

College graduates

Given skyrocketing college costs and the bleak jobs outlook, some argue that vocational school is an apt alternative to a four-year liberal arts program for many working-class kids.

Both the University of Paris-Sorbonne and NYU, which have branches in Abu Dhabi, have refused to speak out against the crackdown.

Students at the University of California, Berkeley, protesting budget cuts

The exploitation of contingent labor, a shrinking middle class, administrative elephantiasis: the turmoil in academia is a microcosm of American society as a whole.

Thanks to Governor Christie, a generation of hardworking New Jersey students don't know if they'll be able to afford college.

Nation Writing Contest Winner: Students and workers pay the price in the decline of Detroit's automobile industry.

Finding out that higher education and burger production have a disturbing amount in common.

A father councils his son to find work he's passionate about, after losing his own job as a in a bank buyout.

While the University of Texas at Austin's football team receives generous funding, the Vietnamese language program is being cut—even though it's the third-most-spoken language in the state.

Blogs

First, cut the budget so students can’t get the courses they need. Then, bring in for-profit companies.

March 14, 2013

Amid the university's rapid international expansion, there is a story of an NYU campus that failed. So what happened in Singapore? It depends who you ask. 

March 6, 2013

This week, students across the country rail against program cuts, tuition hikes and racist university policies. What’s next for reproductive justice in Alabama? Could Congress be on the verge of a student new deal?

March 1, 2013

As the national debate on comprehensive immigration reform heats up, Georgia activists are fighting racist state-level policy.

February 27, 2013

The environmental activist and self-described “professional bummer-out-er" spoke at Cooper Union's historic Great Hall last night.

February 6, 2013

One young Palestinian woman explains the program that has brought eight students to NYU to share a bedroom with a student from the opposite territory, and spend twice a week in dialogue about “the conflict, the history, the legitimacy of the country, the definition of terrorism.”

January 31, 2013

Columbia’s Rembrandt, sold in 1975 for $1 million, is back on the market—for $47 million.

January 21, 2013

A new campaign to push colleges and universities to divest from the fossil fuel industry spread like wildfire this past semester.

January 2, 2013

The campus divestment movement has made its way to NYU, where students and faculty are pressuring the administration to cut its ties with the fossil fuel industry.

December 12, 2012

Author Christian Parenti, in conversation with NYU student Rebecca Nathanson, explains why fossil-fuel divestment campaigns—now gaining popularity on college campuses thanks to Bill McKibben—may be a costly distraction.

December 5, 2012