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It only took a global pandemic to force public and private universities to cut their spending.
 
All students enrolled in UNC system institutions are required to have health insurance coverage.
 
The mental stress for college students sparked by COVID-19 is showing up in campus mental health centers.
 
A short-lived report quickly torched by the new Biden administration provides a pathway for those who seek to return to a classical structure of higher education.
A short-lived report quickly torched by the new Biden administration provides a pathway for those who seek to return to a classical structure of higher education.
 
The fall 2020 semester did not go as planned for most students and many felt that their universities failed them.
The fall 2020 semester did not go as planned for most students and many felt that their universities failed them.
 
Students listened to public health advice for 2020: stay at home.
 
Last week, Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $2.4 trillion spending package that includes $23 billion in aid for public and non-profit colleges and universities.
Last week, Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $2.4 trillion spending package that includes $23 billion in aid for public and non-profit colleges and universities.
 
Three universities in North Carolina host chapters of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, a group with ties to the Chinese government.
Three universities in North Carolina host chapters of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, a group with ties to the Chinese government.
 
Although most universities have moved classes online since the spring, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to ensure that the campus facilities still open are kept clean and safe for use.
Although most universities have moved classes online since the spring, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to ensure that the campus facilities still open are kept clean and safe for use.
 
Many students since the pandemic have questioned whether they should attend graduate school or change their career plans altogether.
Many students since the pandemic have questioned whether they should attend graduate school or change their career plans altogether.
 
As college classes go online, one group of students is ignored: those with learning disabilities.
 
Accreditation agencies have the responsibility of judging whether colleges are offering students a quality education.
 
Elite colleges are quick to take foreign donations, but slow to inform the federal government.
 
Students are paying a higher price tag for college, but is the quality of their education also increasing, or at least staying stable?
Students are paying a higher price tag for college, but is the quality of their education also increasing, or at least staying stable?
 
Since the pandemic, many colleges have gone from giving letter grades to offering students a pass/fail grading option for their courses.
Since the pandemic, many colleges have gone from giving letter grades to offering students a pass/fail grading option for their courses.
 
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) came out with the largest survey of students and campus life, showing the predictable divisions along class, political beliefs, and gender.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) came out with the largest survey of students and campus life, showing the predictable divisions along class, political beliefs, and gender.
 
The abrupt switch to online classes was shocking for tens of thousands of students and professors across the country.
 
Colleges and universities across the country don’t require students to study history.
 
On July 13, a dozen people from the Union Soldier Campaign protested to get leaders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to drop “Tar Heels” as the school’s nickname.
On July 13, a dozen people from the Union Soldier Campaign protested to get leaders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to drop “Tar Heels” as the school’s nickname.
 
Two recent British policy briefs on academic freedom and university reforms provide some broad suggestions applicable to colleges, British or otherwise.
Two recent British policy briefs on academic freedom and university reforms provide some broad suggestions applicable to colleges, British or otherwise.
 
Fordham University student Austin Tong has found himself in hot water over a protest picture on Instagram.
 
On June 17, the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted to end the moratorium on renaming campus buildings associated with white supremacy or slavery.
On June 17, the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted to end the moratorium on renaming campus buildings associated with white supremacy or slavery.
 
About 67 percent of four-year colleges plan to re-open in the fall for in-person classes, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
About 67 percent of four-year colleges plan to re-open in the fall for in-person classes, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
 
As schools have moved online due to the coronavirus, they have partnered with proctoring services to monitor online exams and prevent cheating.
As schools have moved online due to the coronavirus, they have partnered with proctoring services to monitor online exams and prevent cheating.
 
The term “free speech zone” can be misleading. While the name implies a policy that promotes free expression, free speech zones do the opposite.
The term “free speech zone” can be misleading. While the name implies a policy that promotes free expression, free speech zones do the opposite.
 
The spring semester saw college campuses close and rush to remote instruction.
 
With campus scheduled to reopen in the fall, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has released a preliminary roadmap outlining how they plan to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
With campus scheduled to reopen in the fall, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has released a preliminary roadmap outlining how they plan to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
 
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were founded to serve African American students whom white colleges would not admit.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were founded to serve African American students whom white colleges would not admit.
 
The UNC Board of Governors’ Committee on Budget and Finance voted on Wednesday to freeze tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn that’s affecting many North Carolina families.
The UNC Board of Governors’ Committee on Budget and Finance voted on Wednesday to freeze tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn that’s affecting many North Carolina families.
 
The federal Pell Grant program provides need-based grants to millions of college students every year—and costs the government over $30 billion annually.
The federal Pell Grant program provides need-based grants to millions of college students every year—and costs the government over $30 billion annually.
 
Most of the wealthiest universities in the country have accepted money from the CARES Act, meant to help university students weather the economic consequences of COVID-19 and state shut-downs.
Most of the wealthiest universities in the country have accepted money from the CARES Act, meant to help university students weather the economic consequences of COVID-19 and state shut-downs.
 
Students across the country are taking their classes online and staying off campus.
 
College athletics is big business. And head coaches of successful teams have the salaries to prove it, particularly in football and men’s basketball.
College athletics is big business. And head coaches of successful teams have the salaries to prove it, particularly in football and men’s basketball.
 
Timely graduation rates reveal a lot about how well colleges are fulfilling their academic mission.
 
As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus quickly rises in America, colleges have started to take action.
As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus quickly rises in America, colleges have started to take action.
 
In the spring of 2019, three professors at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill conducted a study to understand free speech and constructive dialogue on campus.
In the spring of 2019, three professors at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill conducted a study to understand free speech and constructive dialogue on campus.
 
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education was founded in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education was founded in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate.
 
As students are pushed to attend college more than ever before, many of them are beginning to push back.
 
The University of North Carolina system boasts a diverse set of institutions.
 
With the hyperbole inherent in a politicized topic like student loans, it’s important to step back and look at the data.
With the hyperbole inherent in a politicized topic like student loans, it’s important to step back and look at the data.
 
Each year, thousands of young people leave college with significant student debt.
 
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