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

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STUDENT VOICE: How one youth with a disability discovered he was so much more than that

Kevin Fortunato Your disabilities do not mean you can’t choose what you want to do with your life. I have made it my mission to communicate to…

Cal students at UC Berkeley on Friday, April 10, 2015.

OPINION: Here’s a reason to help more students earn college degrees — adaptability

Preparing youth from all backgrounds for a global economy

Microsoft employees in Redmond, Washington. With a huge shortage of college graduates in data and computer science, tech companies are taking matters into their own hands and providing education directly to prospective tech workers.

Impatient with universities’ slow pace of change, employers go around them

Tech companies are sidestepping the middleman and creating their own courses

“I had moments last semester when I didn’t want to study anymore. I thought: I’ll just work my job and get paid, and that’s it,” said Zuleima Dominguez, a student at Hunter College.

Undocumented high schoolers work long hours, putting college further out of reach

Working to support themselves and their families through the high school years hits undocumented teens disproportionally hard. Three young people describe their paths to higher education.

Tristan Wright-Crishon works in a music technology lab at Queensborough Community College.

OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

‘The brain you graduate from college with at age 22 isn’t the one you’re stuck with for the rest of your life’

Latino students at Loyola Marymount University in California have an enviable 80 percent graduation rate, compared with 77 percent for white students.

New research shows Latinos closing the racial gap on college degrees, but still lagging far behind whites

Big differences in graduation rates persist, depending on the institution

Anthony Rodriguez and Juneba Sulaiman both passed a college-level statistics class last summer after a placement exam indicated they weren’t ready for college-level math.

The community college “segregation machine”

Too many black and Latino students get stuck in remedial classes, thwarting college dreams

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OPINION: Is this tax plan a dream-crusher for higher ed’s food service workers, maintenance staff and housekeepers?

Youth whose parents staff America’s campuses face tuition-remission fees that would limit college access

In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich

Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share

OPINION: Want to help college students with special needs to succeed? First, stop saying ‘disadvantage’

Landmark College’s president explores the advantages of neurodiversity

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