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 The scholarship is through QuestBridge, which connects lower income students who have excelled in academics with institutions of higher learning, including colleges, universities and professional schools. Janice Neumann, chicagotribune.com, "Southland students earn full-ride scholarships to prestigious universities through QuestBridge," 31 Dec. 2020 Those are far from complete numbers: many of these brave institutions of higher learning refuse to provide accurate numbers. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic be damned, Pac-12 determined to finish farcical football season," 14 Dec. 2020 There were also new institutions of higher learning moving in. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "Baker's long-gone Leland College was Uptown New Orleans' first university," 4 Dec. 2020 Lee is less than an ideal title to slap on a place of higher learning. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Paul Daugherty: We're missing intent, context in Washington Football Team name debate," 22 Nov. 2020 The findings could signal another financial hurdle for America's institutions of higher learning, which have already been hit by declines in enrollment from U.S. students due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Foreign enrollment at U.S. colleges dips due to COVID-19 effect," 16 Nov. 2020 The case against Harvard, the nation's oldest institution of higher learning, was brought in 2014 by opponents of affirmative action using the moniker Students for Fair Admissions, the brainchild of conservative legal strategist Edward Blum. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Federal appeals court upholds Harvard University's use of affirmative action policies," 12 Nov. 2020 Some worked through the federal government or institutions of higher learning, others through Black organizations such as the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women, unions, and grass-roots organizations. Marjoleine Kars, Washington Post, "The Black women who fought for political rights — and get little credit," 6 Nov. 2020 Brown’s open curriculum proves to me how, even more than a place of higher learning, Brown is a place of sharing perspective and exploring by your own rules and design. refinery29.com, "We’re Starting College In 2020. It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of higher learning

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Higher learning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/higher%20learning. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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: education or learning at a college or university

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