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: Higher ed partnerships will help the arts survive Trump’s budget cuts

The arts and cultural sector are no stranger to budget cuts. They’ve endured a number of Republican-led efforts to reduce arts funding since the 1990s, and in keeping with this…

Bureaucratic costs at some colleges are twice what’s spent on instruction

New report urges boards of trustees to constrain continuing administrative bloat

New study shows more degrees earned at colleges and universities that serve minorities

The official federal graduation rates for colleges and universities that serve large numbers of black, Latino and Asian students significantly underestimate how many of their students are earning degrees, according…

OPINION: Why we need to know more, not less, about what students get from college

Reforms to increase transparency in higher education

Study: Potential earnings not a factor in high school students’ college choices

But researchers say wage prospects could have an impact if included with other information

Can Massachusetts support four public universities?

Massachusetts is a national leader when it comes to education, but its public colleges have long been treated as second-class institutions, operating in the shadows of top-notch private schools. Declining…

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Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment

New strategies include changing academic offerings and lowering prices

Online learning: Students want quality, not just convenience

Survey says most college students in online courses yearn for interaction with instructors, peers

OPINION: The Supreme Court just let a church use public funds to fix its playground. Will this shift public education’s terrain?

Here’s why the ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran may not be a green light for vouchers

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