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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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May 1, 2014 — In an unprecedented move, the Department of Education has released a list that includes some Ivy League schools, state and private institutions.
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Apr 22, 2014 — The Lumina Foundation says nearly 40 percent of adults held college degrees in 2012 — the biggest one-year jump since 2008. And it says that 60 percent college attainment is "within reach" by 2025.
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Dec 20, 2013 — The law will give some students who are in the U.S. illegally the ability to pay cheaper, in-state tuition.
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Nov 11, 2013 — Students from China, India, and South Korea make up 49 percent of all international students in the U.S. International students who come to the U.S. contribute more than $24 billion to the economy, according to an analysis released Monday.
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Oct 8, 2013 — While the shutdown of the federal government means some research facilities have gone dark, commentator Adam Frank says the real threat to our national interest is the possibility that generations of would-be scientists will be lost to other pursuits if the funding to train new generations of scientists dries up.
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Sep 3, 2013 — Astrophysicist Adam Frank rings in the new school year with a meditation on the choice between kicking it old school with chalk on a blackboard or going new school with the latest classroom technologies.
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May 3, 2013 — Faculty at San Jose State University are rebelling against pressure from their own administration to integrate MOOCs — massively open online courses — into their teaching. Across the country the issue is being debated on campuses and in state houses. Commentator Alva No's dips his toe into the conversation.
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Jul 16, 2012 — After 110 years of free education, a college considers charging some students. Does it risk a backlash like one the Red Cross experienced during World War II?
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Jul 4, 2012 — Science literacy brings independence to the individual and the nation. But American science education is in crisis. What can be done to improve it, inside and outside the classroom?
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Jun 28, 2012 — From the Ugandan forest to a Cameroonian sanctuary to a U.S. zoo, three students devote their summer to research and conservation work with primates. Commentator Barbara J. King cheers on this trio — and the thousands of other college kids who'll take up science this summer.
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