higher education

noun

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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Tougher still, Concordia’s fate could be the future of small, private institutions of higher education in America. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America’s Disappearing Private Colleges," 21 Feb. 2019 Now, the Duchess of Sussex is once again taking on the topic of higher education — this time by surprising King's College London students and faculty on December 5. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Made a Surprise Visit to King’s College London," 6 Dec. 2018 The journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful, and pivotal one. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's First Royal Tour Speech Was an Emotional Call for Female Empowerment," 24 Oct. 2018 The journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful, and pivotal one. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's First Speech on the Royal Tour Centered Around the Importance of Women's Education," 24 Oct. 2018 But looking at economic background and whether students are the first in their families to go to college doesn’t always result in equal access to higher education. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "What You Need to Know about Race and College Admissions," 27 Sep. 2018 Only 1 percent of refugees have access to higher education. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 And while women may not yet have had full access to higher education — or even the right to vote — the unchaperoned, self-propelled bloomer girl seemed to be pedaling in that direction. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 What budget issues is NKU facing with the state's cuts to public higher education? Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky University: New president Ashish Vaidya likes NKU's 'nimbleness'," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of higher education

1834, in the meaning defined above

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higher education

noun

English Language Learners Definition of higher education

: education or learning at a college or university

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