Higher Education

Even as policymakers push to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees, university and college students and their families contend with ever-rising costs and debt, low success rates, and growing concern about equal access to a higher education. We cover the causes of these problems, and the innovations being tried to solve them. See all our Special Reports

Anthony Rodriguez and Juneba Sulaiman both passed a college-level statistics class last summer after a placement exam indicated they weren’t ready for college-level math.

The community college “segregation machine”

Too many black and Latino students get stuck in remedial classes, thwarting college dreams

The United States Capitol.

OPINION: Is this tax plan a dream-crusher for higher ed’s food service workers, maintenance staff and housekeepers?

Youth whose parents staff America’s campuses face tuition-remission fees that would limit college access

In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich

Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share

OPINION: Want to help college students with special needs to succeed? First, stop saying ‘disadvantage’

Landmark College’s president explores the advantages of neurodiversity

City Year volunteer Shawn Wiyninger greets a student at Webster High School.

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

School partnerships at a Tulsa high school combine relationship-building with data analysis to boost graduation rates

Rural students are the least likely to go to college

They’re being ignored as the nation tries to ramp up degree completion

Client Paul Chirico of Los Angeles works with tax preparer Erika Arbulante to see how the Affordable Care Act, ACA, will impact his tax returns at H&R Block on January 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Apprenticeships could provide a path to the middle class for millions of workers, new study says

The workforce programs could spread to more than 70 well-paid occupations

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OPINION: Five reasons colleges can enroll more low-income students

New findings in a growing body of research

Grambling State University President Richard Gallot, Jr. (pictured right) rides in the homecoming parade in Grambling, LA with his wife Christy Gallot and sons.

Black colleges can revive American cities

Historically black colleges and universities help boost incomes in their towns

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