Nick Anderson: Important Journalism for Higher Education

Sometimes I feel like coverage on education can be lost in the sea of articles that are published at a constant rate in today’s 24-hour news cycle. Thankfully, we can rely on The Washington Post’s higher education writer Nick Anderson. Thanks to Twitter, Anderson keeps his 12.7K followers in the loop on issues in higher education by tweeting links to news articles and analyses on the big issues.

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Anderson’s topics range from education for girls, racial issues on campus (you can read two of his on the events at Yale and Mizzou here and here), economics in relation to higher education, education scandals (such as an indicted collegiate diving coach and Bill Cosby’s degree revocation), as well as sexual misconduct on college campuses. In fact, Anderson wrote an article about the results from the University of Michigan’s sexual misconduct survey, which was given out earlier this year.

Anderson is a thoughtful writer; he looks deeply at the topic and relays the information to his readers carefully. He writes articles on information that is important for people to know regarding higher education. Not only does he look at the specific school that the issue is immediately affecting, but he also looks at how that could affect other universities nationwide.

In addition to the serious articles he writes, Anderson sheds light on the positive impacts in education news by education his readers. He wrote an article on Gallaudet University’s announcement of a new president. If it wasn’t for a linguistics class I’m taking, I wouldn’t know what was so special about the university (in case you don’t know, it’s “the nation’s premier college for the deaf and hard of hearing” which was founded during the Civil War). In the article, Anderson gives important and relevant information on the new president, as well as information and a brief history about the university.

Thanks to Nick Anderson, I feel more informed as a student of higher education. His articles help me to think thoughtfully and critically of what’s going on in the world of education by giving me the important and relevant details that I need now.

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