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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Yes, because for one thing, more and more states are disinvesting in higher education at an alarming rate. Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 The Oregon branch of the SEIU claims 72,000 members who work in state, local government, nonprofit agencies and higher education. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "US Supreme Court ruling in union dues impacts case in Oregon," 31 July 2018 Touro is a university system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education that was established in 1970 to focus on higher education for the Jewish community. Sergio Carmona, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tamarac grad awarded national scholarship to attend Touro College," 13 July 2018 Founded in 2016, the organization works with low-income families to instill a concept called Success Mindset, designed to encourage career readiness and expectations of a higher education via digital technology and smartphones. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Local musician writes inspiring songs for students," 8 July 2018 In 1977, Lahey earned a master’s degree in higher education from Columbia University. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 Watermark was formed in 2017 when three providers of electronic portfolio and assessment management solutions for higher education combined. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee education software company Digital Measures acquired by Watermark," 27 June 2018 Ocasio-Cortez's populist platform includes Medicare for all, higher education for all — and shutting down ICE. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "ICE on ice? Move to abolish ICE has a long way to go," 27 June 2018 More optimistically, maybe higher education as an enterprise finds a way out of this rut. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Here’s How Higher Education Dies," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of higher education

1834, in the meaning defined above

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: education or learning at a college or university

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