higher learning


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

Examples of higher learning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration has forgiven $146 billion in student loan debt through other avenues, including discharging loans for borrowers with disabilities and those who were defrauded by their organizations of higher learning. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 The Ninth House The ninth house highlights higher learning, Edut says, so things like traveling, expansion, knowledge, adventure, and inspiration. Madison Feller, ELLE, 6 Sep. 2023 Express Newspapers / Getty Images Integration of southern schools of higher learning didn't always go smoothly, and such was the case at the University of Mississippi. USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 More than 30,000 students reached through on-campus programming; 34 collaborations with institutes of higher learning. Ali Shahbaz, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 What has happened to the original purpose of our institutes of higher learning? WSJ, 15 Nov. 2023 Any additional revenue from the trust fund would be used to pay for Pell Grants to support higher learning institutions. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2023 Any additional revenue from the trust fund would be allocated in the form of Pell Grants to support higher learning institutions. Zach Mentz, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2023 Hughes said the purpose of the bill was to preserve academic freedom and promote discourse at the state’s higher learning institutions. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of higher learning was in 1826

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“Higher learning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20learning. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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