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

OPINION: Standardized tests offer ‘a neutral yardstick’ in college admissions

Exploring research, grade inflation and the 'test-optional' debate

Are America’s colleges promoting social mobility?

Economists dig into the data to understand which schools are doing the most to help revive the American Dream

Oil references are everywhere at Williston State College, at the heart of North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield.

For rural colleges, good vocational teachers are hard to find

A national shortage hits remote colleges often responsible for keeping their towns afloat

Dominic, 3 and Zaire, 2, play while their moms take part in a conversation about bullying at a Family Scholar House Café Night.

These formerly homeless single moms beat the odds and are now college grads

They're hoping to give their children a better chance, too

One of the advertisements produced by the “You Can. Go Back” campaign in Indiana, among the several states trying to get college dropouts to finish their college educations.

States use direct mail, money, to get more of their residents back to college

Determined to channel older students toward degrees, policymakers struggle to reach them

The United States Capitol. A House bill to revamp the Higher Education Act has moved out of committee for debate, while the Senate is still discussing reform ideas in committee.

OPINION: To succeed in tomorrow’s workforce, today’s students need equity-driven policy

How high-quality data can drive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

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For-profit colleges lose when two-year colleges offer B.A. degrees

Traditional four-year schools see boost in degrees when community colleges compete

Flint, Michigan — The water tower of the Flint Water Treatment plant.

OPINION: College chemistry class finds clarity in Flint water crisis

‘Why the world needs students educated in the manner that my colleagues and I strive for’

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