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.
Recent Examples on the Web The number who went on to higher education inched up, to 57 percent, from 56 percent. Jon Marcus, Wired, "More Black and Latinx Students Were Going to College. Then Covid Hit," 16 Nov. 2020 The scholar also believes such a commitment to higher education doesn’t mean parents have a reason to be angry at affirmative action programs, as what limits Asian American admissions is not a race-conscious selection process. NBC News, "70% of Asian Americans support affirmative action. Here's why misconceptions persist.," 14 Nov. 2020 Currently, Utah’s Constitution requires that all income tax revenue, about $5 billion annually, go to K-12 and higher education. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Early results for Utah’s 7 constitutional amendments — including one to change how education is funded," 4 Nov. 2020 In three years at the Report (formerly known as the Rivard Report), Donaldson covered everything from local school districts to charter schools to higher education, focusing on issues of inequity and access for the area’s students. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "The Dallas Morning News announces staff for its Education Lab," 23 Oct. 2020 In the latest shake-up to higher education from COVID-19, some universities are cancelling spring break. Erin Rode, USA TODAY, "In California: Disneyland won't be reopening soon, ballot box set on fire in L.A. suburb," 21 Oct. 2020 Felder’s focus is on providing access to higher education for all students, according to a news release from the college. Aegis Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Harford Community College names Theresa Felder its new president," 16 Oct. 2020 Public universities provide the main gateway to higher education for the immigrant-origin students. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Children From Immigrant Families Are Increasingly the Face of Higher Education," 15 Oct. 2020 Increasing access to higher education for Black students could have added as much as $113 billion to national income. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Right’s Farcical Denial of Systemic Racism," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of higher education

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Higher education.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20education. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of higher education

: education or learning at a college or university

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