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Breaking Down the Cost of Skipping Class in College

A student walks on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – As college attendance wanes through the semester, one professor teaches her 300 geoscience students how to work out the cost of cutting class. Skippers waste $50 to $70 per lecture, depending on whether the student is in-state, said Julie Brigham-Grette of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “Students need to understand how much money they are wasting when they don’t show up,” Brigham-Grette said. “If it’s $50 a class, then they should think, I just flushed that money down the toilet.” The amount of money lost to class-skipping across the country per day…



Europe’s 100 Most Innovative Universities

The library of the university KU Leuven "Katholieke Universiteit Leuven" is pictured in Leuven, Belgium, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

By David Ewalt (Reuters) – At first glance, the most innovative universities in Europe don’t appear to have much in common. Some are Catholic schools, some are secular, others are state-run and some are private. One is 920 years old. Another has been an independent institution for less than a…

College Dorms a New Front in US Battle Over Transgender Rights

A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California Irvine campus in Irvine, California, United States on September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – As lawmakers across the United States battle over whether to allow transgender Americans to use public restrooms that match their gender identities, universities are scrambling to ensure that dorms meet federal standards. At a time of year when the nation’s 2,100 residential colleges and…

Illinois Senate Passes Grant Program for Needy College Students


By Dave McKinney CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Illinois Senate on Thursday earmarked $227.2 million for low-income college students whose need-based financial aid has been imperiled by the state’s 11-month budget impasse. But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner offered no sign of supporting the measure for Monetary Award Program recipients after members…

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