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

Behind the Latino college degree gap

Latinos are the least likely ethnic or racial group to get a college education, new report says

From DACA students to Rhodes Scholars to foster-care youth, a look at some unusual college-goers

A sampling of Hechinger reporting for The New York Times’ Learning section

Liberal arts face uncertain future at nation’s universities

Programs are being cut to make way for degrees with “clear career pathways.”

Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, friends and DACA recipients, on their graduation day.

DACA students persevere, enrolling at, remaining in and graduating from college

Despite uncertain futures in America, “Dreamers” prioritize their educations

OPINION: Did Betsy DeVos just suggest that schools roll back students’ civil rights?

Her testimony underscores ‘a crying need for renewed commitment to strong federal civil rights enforcement’

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Lack of sufficient financial aid has forced Jocelyn Ramirez to work more than 40 hours a week and cut down on coursework so she can afford to stay in college.

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it

States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain

Some teachers are trading red grading pens like this one for video feedback. There’s evidence that video grading does more to motivate students than written edits — and it can also save teachers time.

Has video killed the red grading pen?

Teachers are experimenting with video feedback as a replacement for traditional written mark-ups

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