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A college degree shouldn't have to seem out of reach for American Indian young people—and they shouldn't have to compromise their cultural heritage in the process, either.

When we willingly donate parts of our bodies to science, who should profit?

Massive layoffs, reductions in class offerings and downsizing of graduate programs spurred protests at dozens of universities on March 4. What's next for the student movement?

Largely overshadowed by Healthcare's passage, student loan reform promises big changes to the current bank-based lending system. This week, The Breakdown with Christopher Hayes and education Policy Analyst Ben Miller, dissect these changes and explain how they will effect college students, past, present and future.

As the UC Berkeley Student Senate votes to divest from two companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestine, the noted philosopher reminds us of what's at stake.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can moralize all he wants about the "educational mission" of the NCAA schools playing in March Madness--but no one is watching to learn about players' majors.

Holding the budget hostage while state unemployment tops 12 percent, California growers and their political allies have slashed funding for schools and social services. The March for California's Future is challenging the stranglehold that big agriculture exerts over the state.

University of Texas football coach Mack Brown is getting a $2 million bonus while the rest of campus is tightening its belt.

Lenders claim that cutting their federal subsidies in order to give grants to students would put tens of thousands out of work--but the numbers just don't add up.

Are universities the last hope for a home for quality journalism?

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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