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The town a flagship left behind
The departure of a college in rural West Virginia. And, just a few days left to apply to our paid (and remote) fellowship for student journalists at HBCUs.
May 26, 2023
Shifts underway at HBCUs
Our HBCU fellows reported on Louisiana’s goal to increase the number of Black teachers, as well as community-policing…
May 19, 2023
Finding belonging at the barbershop
The Lioness Barber offers “motherly, auntie, sister advice” to college students. And, a happy ending to Johnny Pippins’s…
May 12, 2023
We went to Cleveland to talk to people about college. Here’s what we learned.
Plus, our prisons reporter speaks to a psychologist about trauma and the potentially healing role of education. And,…
April 28, 2023
Reporting in Florida’s tense political climate
Our Tampa Bay Times reporter landed a big story in Florida — professors were told to withdraw their tenure applications
April 14, 2023
Centering students in California and Pittsburgh
CalMatters, our California partner, welcomes a new community colleges reporter. And, our reporter in Pittsburgh spoke to students at one of the 60 high schools nationally piloting AP African American Studies.
March 31, 2023
Leadership questions and a water crisis at Jackson State
Our latest reporting on Jackson State University. And, challenges remain for those hoping to pursue education in prison — even with the return of Pell Grants.
March 17, 2023
Scrutinizing a university’s promises
Accountability reporting is core to our work at Open Campus. Learn more.
March 10, 2023
Pell in prisons, and an HBCU newsletter
New editorial projects and takeaways from the Knight Media Forum.
March 3, 2023
Helping families understand college costs
Two of our local reporters work to cut through the noise of financial aid.
February 17, 2023