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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That the flavor and culture of any college a young person is considering matters, and higher education leaders are not doing a good enough job expressing its importance. Jim Troha, Washington Post, "Value matters in choosing a college. But not just the price kind.," 13 July 2018 The game show comes at a time when higher education has increasingly become a prerequisite for finding a job. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "New TruTV Game Show Lets Student Borrowers Compete to Tame Their Debt," 5 July 2018 But higher education needs a champion right now, said Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, who was president of George Washington University from 1988 to 2007. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawrence Bacow promises a more outward-looking Harvard," 1 July 2018 If higher education were less expensive for them, think of the results. Christopher Quinn, ajc, "Costs of starting and not finishing college are high," 23 June 2018 The country's oldest institution of higher education broadly defended its longstanding effort for racial diversity as part of the education mission. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Lawsuit: Harvard ranks Asian-Americans lower on personality traits," 15 June 2018 Like affordable childcare, access to equal pay, higher education, and good public schools. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "Planned Parenthood’s Outgoing President Cecile Richards on Making Trouble—and Pies," 16 May 2018 Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the high education and military recruitment community. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 15 May 2018 Organized by the Parma Council of PTAs, the scholarships are between $500 and $1,200 each, to be used toward higher education. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Parma City School seniors awarded 115 scholarships totaling more than $96,000," 23 Apr. 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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