Thea Hunter was a promising, brilliant scholar. And then she got trapped in academia’s permanent underclass.
Unwritten rules underlie all of elite-university life—and students who don’t come from a wealthy background have a hard time navigating them.
Even as selective schools opened their doors to a wider array of applicants in the early 20th century, they put policies in place to maintain the advantages of wealthy white students.
And in that, they’re no different from all the other people who can’t see the hidden forces working in their favor.
Anecdotes from the Department of Justice’s indictment show the lengths that parents will go to buy their kids’ way into selective colleges.
If selective colleges were less selective, there would be less incentive to cheat to get in.
“These mothers and fathers live in a world in which the mark of good parenting is substantially tied to where one’s children are admitted.”
In her influential 1959 Atlantic article, “Sex and the College Girl,” Nora Johnson predicted that young, educated women pursuing expansive new opportunities would likely end up disappointed. She spent the rest of her life finding out what could happen instead.
For the parents charged in a new FBI investigation, crime was a cheaper and simpler way to get their kids into elite schools than the typical advantages wealthy applicants receive.
For the third year in a row, lawmakers are expected to disregard the administration’s proposed budget.
Declining rates of adolescent pregnancy come with a catch.
Economists are trying to understand the steady decline of non-college-educated men in the labor market.
As the House and Senate prepare for hearings to update the law governing colleges, a new report lays out some guiding principles.
Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.
When college is held up as the one true path to success, parents—especially highly educated ones—might worry when their children opt for vocational school instead.
“Education was something that was done to us, not something that was provided for us.”
The University of California has broken with one of the world’s largest academic publishers. Is this the end of a very profitable business model?
More than 300,000 college students went overseas in 2016–17. Just a third of them were men.
Innovative ideas made the school a special—and fragile—place.
By imposing harsh restrictions on when students can use the restroom, educators are teaching kids to ignore their bladder.
Well, sort of