higher learning


Definition of higher learning

: education, learning, or scholarship on the collegiate or university level

Examples of higher learning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of Youngkin’s amendments would allow private, nonprofit institutions of higher learning and those without teacher-training programs to participate. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 18 June 2022 The Education Department in 2019 launched an investigation into foreign funding at several prominent American institutions of higher learning. Neetu Arnold, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Studies show that Generation Alpha is attending college in such drastically lower numbers that so far zero Gen Alphas have gone on to higher learning. Al Mullen, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 Lincoln College is scheduled to close its doors Friday, becoming the first U.S. institution of higher learning to shut down in part due to a ransomware attack. Kevin Collier, NBC News, 9 May 2022 At the same time, American Jews were barred from admission to certain clubs, subjected to quotas at institutions of higher learning, and redlined from neighborhoods. Outside Online, 5 May 2022 This will probably come as a shock to many of you, but there are some institutions of higher learning in this country where football is very important. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 State law will now also ban state institutions of higher learning from hiring any company for supplies, services, or construction work unless the contract declares the company is not boycotting Israel and will not for the duration of the contract. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 Companies can commit to hiring certain percentages of their new employees from HBCUs and other institutions of higher learning. Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of higher learning

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of higher learning was in 1826

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Last Updated

26 Jun 2022

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“Higher learning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20learning. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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