Nick Anderson

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering higher education, national education policy and the global education market

Education: Stanford University, bachelor's degree in English

Nick Anderson is a veteran education journalist who has covered topics including suburban Maryland schools, the U.S. Department of Education and the college admissions maze. He has also been education editor for The Post. On the higher education beat, he writes about college from the perspective of a father of three with an eye on tuition bills. His interests include the technological revolution in schools, the national and global market, the endless battle to overcome inequities of opportunity and the sheer intellectual fun of academic life. In 2007, Anderson participated in the team covera
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University of Alabama removes name of Klansman from a campus building

The trustees reversed a previous decision to keep the name of Bibb Graves on a building. Instead, the building will be named exclusively for the first Black student at the state flagship in Alabama, Autherine Lucy Foster.

February 11, 2022

Some large HBCUs are getting larger. The biggest is North Carolina A&T.

North Carolina A&T State University's enrollment has grown 6 percent since 2019, while many other U.S. colleges have struggled to recruit and retain students.

February 11, 2022

Amid nationwide enrollment drops, some HBCUs are growing. So are threats.

As overall college enrollment falls, larger historically Black colleges are welcoming more students. But old tensions have returned.

February 11, 2022

Virginia’s public universities drop coronavirus vaccine mandates after attorney general’s opinion

One by one, Virginia’s public universities appear to be falling into line with an opinion from the state's new attorney general, Jason S. Miyares (R), that they are not legally authorized to require students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

February 1, 2022

The SAT is going digital and getting much shorter. Say goodbye to No. 2 pencils on testing day.

The College Board plans to switch the SAT to a digital format, and shorten the length from three hours to two. It will be the third major overhaul of the college admission test within the past 20 years.

January 27, 2022

    How do colleges use race in admissions decisions?

    The Supreme Court is again taking up the controversial question of how much race can be considered in college admissions, or whether it should even be considered at all.

    January 24, 2022

    Race-conscious university admission policies to face Supreme Court review

    The court said it would examine the admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, most probably in the term that begins in October.

    January 24, 2022

    University of Michigan agrees to $490 million settlement in sex abuse scandal

    The University of Michigan said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $490 million to settle claims from hundreds of people who say a longtime sports doctor on its staff sexually abused them over many years.

    January 19, 2022

    University of Michigan president fired after probe into alleged affair with a subordinate

    The University of Michigan's board fired Mark S. Schlissel after it found evidence of interactions with a subordinate that were "inconsistent with promoting the dignity and reputation" of Michigan's public flagship.

    January 16, 2022

    As the omicron semester starts, online or in person, colleges are tense

    Higher education is bracing for the latest challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Many universities want to push through the wave of infections from the omicron variant.

    January 16, 2022