Deirdre Fernandes

Covers the steep price students pay to earn a degree and the money behind the region’s education economy. Since joining the Globe in 2011, Fernandes has covered insurance, banking, and the economy, writing about how changes in the industry are altering the consumer experience. She previously worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina, before returning to Massachusetts. She grew up in Sudbury.

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How corporate volunteers are using their professional skills to help those in need

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They’re trying to do good by doing what they know best, from baking to cleaning to child care.

Dartmouth students sue over alleged sexual assault by professors

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Seven current and former students say former professors groped students in plain sight, hosted hot-tub parties with students, openly debated who had the “hottest lab,” and sexually assaulted grad students.

Harvard defends its admissions practices, calls its foe a ‘wolf’

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Friday marked the final day of a three-week trial that could upend the use of affirmative action on college campuses.

Plaintiff says suit led Harvard to alter guidelines on race

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Students for Fair Admissions insisted its lawsuit against Harvard and the media attention it has drawn prompted the college to alter instructions to staffers.