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

Trump’s budget axes campus-based childcare for low-income students

Parents enrolled in college would lose a childcare program aimed at helping them graduate under Trump budget

Does the education budget reveal a ‘DeVos Doctrine?’

The Hechinger team takes apart the proposed cuts and school choice expansion

Five things American colleges need to do to help black and Latino students

All institutions could be taking these steps to improve the success of non-white students

Experts offer black and Latino college students eight tips for success

“Anybody who succeeds in science tends to work in some group. … But students who excel in high school are accustomed to being by themselves, working alone in their room.”

STUDENT VOICE: From skipping class to Summa Cum Laude

One black Naval veteran’s multi-year odyssey through college

What good is new summer Pell money if students can’t use it?

Congress authorized year-round Pell grants, but the money’s unlikely to flow this summer

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The highs and lows of Betsy DeVos’ first 100 days

The Hechinger team weighs in on the start of the Education Secretary’s tenure, and what’s next

“Discovering” black teachers at HBCUs

Black people aren’t asking, Where are the black teachers?

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