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

Unlike the students they oversee, most college presidents are white and male

New report finds only slow progress toward diversifying the top jobs on campus

OPINION: This summer, let’s plan some difficult campus conversations about race

Facing our differences, stereotypes, privileges and fears

Good news: There is an answer to the shortage of black and brown teachers

If you could only see them, right under your noses

OPINION: How does this college provide full scholarships for its entire student body without tuition or federal funding?

Williamson’s president says affordability for the economically challenged was a priority long before student debt became a crisis

OPINION: Don’t let good news on summer Pell Grants distract from the Trump budget’s damaging higher-ed proposals

A slap in the face to millions of college students who sacrificed to build up a safety net

I finally agree, college isn’t for everyone

White nationalist activity on campus has shown me that higher education doesn’t need to be inclusive at all costs

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OPINION: Here’s a solution to urban poverty — pay former gang members to go to college

Investing in students with troubled pasts returns the highest dividends

When foster kids are moved around, schooling becomes an afterthought

Students lose an estimated four to six months of academic progress with each move

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