Kirk Carapezza

Reporter

WGBH News

Kirk is a reporter for the NPR member station in Boston, WGBH, where he covers higher education. Kirk has reported for Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, Wis., and Vermont Public Radio in Montpelier, Vt. He's been a writer and producer at WBUR in Boston; a teacher and coach at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass.; a Fenway Park tour guide; and a tourist abroad. When he's not reporting or editing stories on campus, you can find him posting K's on the Wall at Fenway.

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Analysts: In the face of a high-skilled labor shortage, the US needs to rely more on immigrants

That’s because the number of college-educated workers is shrinking and baby boomers are retiring more quickly than previous estimates suggested.

Analysts: In the face of a high-skilled labor shortage, the US needs to rely more on immigrants
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US educators step up to help displaced Ukrainians continue their studies

US educators step up to help displaced Ukrainians continue their studies
Prem Pariyar stands in front of Alexander Meiklejohn Hall on the campus of California State University, East Bay.

'Hidden discrimination': California university joins national trend to protect against caste bias on campus

'Hidden discrimination': California university joins national trend to protect against caste bias on campus
Alina Yurkiv sits with Dmitry Korkin at his home in Westborough, Massachusetts, on March 16, 2022. Korkin, a computer science professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is using his connections so that whenever Yurkiv's husband, an economist in Ukraine

Echoing WWII rescue efforts, ethnic Russian researchers in the US support Ukrainian scholars

Echoing WWII rescue efforts, ethnic Russian researchers in the US support Ukrainian scholars
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Colleges brace for steep drop in international enrollment this fall

Colleges brace for steep drop in international enrollment this fall
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US researchers on edge as foreign funding comes under increased scrutiny

A clash has cropped up between the academic mission of sharing knowledge and national security.

US researchers on edge as foreign funding comes under increased scrutiny
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International students hoping for work training visas face long delays, denials

Across the country, international students are facing difficulties in obtaining a work permit that allow them to get training in their field of study. College administrators and immigration experts say visa delays and denials can have repercussions for American higher education and critical industries such as the health field.

International students hoping for work training visas face long delays, denials
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A public college in California makes strides in recruiting, graduating Latino students

As California implemented a ban on using race in college admissions 10 years ago, University of California, Irvine started aggressively recruiting talented students in Latino communities. Since then, the percentage of Latino students on-campus tripled.

A public college in California makes strides in recruiting, graduating Latino students
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As decision nears in Harvard affirmative action case, another legal fight brews in California

In the next few months, a decision is expected in a case involving Harvard University and alleged discrimination against Asian American student applicants. But the University of California system is also facing a similar lawsuit — with allegations that administrators are considering race in admissions even though California bans the practice. A scandal is also raising larger questions about merit in college admissions and who has unfair advantage.

As decision nears in Harvard affirmative action case, another legal fight brews in California
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Colleges and universities are pushing to expand Asian American studies

Students at Williams College in Massachusetts are joining other institutions to demand Asian American Studies programs. It is a push, some scholars say, that is about advancing other programs, too, including African American and Latino academic programs.

Colleges and universities are pushing to expand Asian American studies
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On a Texas college campus, conservative Latinos explain their opposition to DACA

Most Latinos in the US, about 90 percent, support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But in Texas and especially in cities that are the closest to the US-Mexico Border, about 24 percent say they would want to end the Obama-era program that provides work permits and deportation protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought the US illegally as children.

On a Texas college campus, conservative Latinos explain their opposition to DACA
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How Trump's rhetoric could cost colleges billions in lost tuition revenue

Walk up and down Commonwealth Avenue on the Boston University campus, and it's easy to see and hear the presence of international students. The largest percentage of foreign students — here and nationwide — come from China. So when President Donald Trump sounds off, college administrators get anxious.

How Trump's rhetoric could cost colleges billions in lost tuition revenue
Delhi-based Amity University wants to move to the US, and it wanted to use this campus.

With Indian higher-ed crowded, one university tries to move to the US

Amity University loses bid to expand into Boston, but will move into the New York market.

With Indian higher-ed crowded, one university tries to move to the US
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Asian American groups claim top Ivy League schools practice racial discrimination

Are Ivy League schools showing bias against Asian Americans?

Asian American groups claim top Ivy League schools practice racial discrimination
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Domino's Pizza CEO delivers dose of advocacy for struggling public research universities

Public research universities educate 75 percent of all undergraduates in this country. But over the past decade, state appropriations to flagship research universities have plummeted 34 percent. Now public research universities have found an unlikely advocate.

Domino's Pizza CEO delivers dose of advocacy for struggling public research universities