higher education


Definition of higher education

: education beyond the secondary level especially : education provided by a college or university

Examples of higher education in a Sentence

Students and their parents worry about the rising cost of higher education.

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The rules would deliver on Ms. DeVos’s promise to deregulate higher education to foster innovation and competition among institutions, particularly for-profit colleges and career-education programs, that serve a vast and diverse population. New York Times, "She Left the Education Dept. for Groups It Curbed. Now She’s Back, With Plans.," 9 June 2019 This was not a result of Obama-era policies, but rather the natural outcome of 3 million additional students who were borrowing more money as states were spending fewer and fewer dollars on higher education. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Decade That Changed the Student-Debt Debate," 5 June 2019 To be placed on a pathway to citizenship under the bill, these young immigrants must earn a college degree or complete two years of a degree program in an institution of higher education or technical school. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "House passes latest DREAM Act, hoping to place millions of immigrants on path to citizenship," 4 June 2019 Race and class have been at the forefront of public conversations about higher education and accessibility to it thanks to recent news. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "The SAT Is Introducing an "Adversity Score" to Factor Socioeconomic Status Into College Testing," 16 May 2019 Stanford University has expelled a student in the fallout from Operation Varsity Blues, the college admissions scandal that swept up Silicon Valley, the world of elite higher education, and Hollywood last month. Vogue, "2 Student “Athletes” Have Now Been Expelled in the College Admissions Scandal Fallout," 8 Apr. 2019 Nearly 69% of 2018 high-school graduates were enrolled in higher education in October, compared with 67% the year before, fresh Labor Department data show. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Even in Strong Job Market, High-School Graduates Flock to College," 25 Apr. 2019 But at 11, Bell Burnell failed the standard British examination that would have enabled her to pursue higher education. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars," 6 Sep. 2018 In-school resources for students with autism are required by law for K-12 schooling, but colleges often lack resources for those students looking to pursue higher education. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Specialized program for Marquette undergraduates with autism disorders gifted $450,000, set to launch fall 2019," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of higher education

1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of higher education

: education or learning at a college or university

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