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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This trend of grade inflation—the gradual increase in average GPAs over the past few decades—is often considered a product of a consumer era in higher education, in which students are treated like customers to be pleased. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "Colleges Are Letting Students Take Classes Over Again," 29 June 2018 Of the 181 graduates, 145 are enrolled in higher education, two are joining the military and 34 will enter the work force. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Rocky Hill High School Graduates 181," 21 June 2018 The Camp is part of a free campaign for youth funded by Kaepernick to raise awareness about higher education, self empowerment and instruction on how to properly interact with law enforcement. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "After Super Bowl LII, Common Calls Colin Kaepernick His 'Personal MVP' For Fight Against Injustice," 5 Feb. 2018 In 2015 alone, seven individuals made gifts of more than $100 million apiece to higher education, including one bequest. Daniel Golden, Town & Country, "How Wealthy Families Manipulate Admissions at Elite Universities," 21 Nov. 2016 About 90 percent are going on to higher education or the military. Mark Davis, ajc, "Personal Journeys: A class by herself," 8 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of higher education

1834, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of higher education

: education or learning at a college or university

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