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Student Amalia Lewis-Miller at the Cuyahoga Community College Eastern campus, where a special program helped her finish on time. The program is being eliminated.

Worried about enrollment and judged on success, some colleges boost support

But the high price of helping a new generation of students creates a “dynamic tension”

A student in the Mississippi Delta raises his hand during class. More than 40 school districts in the state, including many in the Delta, lack qualified teachers.

How one Mississippi college is trying to tackle teacher shortages

Tuition discounts for assistant teachers, scholarships to learn how to teach math are among the programs offered

The United States Capitol. A House bill to revamp the Higher Education Act has moved out of committee for debate, while the Senate is still discussing reform ideas in committee.

If this bill passes, college affordability would go from bad to worse, experts say

House Republicans’ proposal would cut back loans, tighten repayment options and let for-profit colleges become 100 percent federally funded

A college degree, or your money back

A growing number of colleges and universities are guaranteeing a job after graduation

OPINION: America’s colleges and universities have a serious revenue problem

Trimming costs or enrolling more students can’t cure what higher education faces — but these other steps might

The dedication ceremony of the LGBTQ Rainbow Freedom Flag at The Stonewall National Monument, marking the first time the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag will be displayed permanently in New York City.

Christian conservatives are trying to turn bigoted policies into higher education law

Discrimination cannot be disguised as religious freedom

Protesters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in March 2014.

Overwhelmed by student debt, many low-income students drop out

Almost a third of Americans who take out loans to pay for college don’t get a degree.


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David Andy, who is enrolled in a program in advanced manufacturing at Metro State University in Denver designed in collaboration with employers.

Worker shortage spurs uncharacteristic partnerships connecting colleges, business

One state tries to close the odd divide between what students learn and employers need

A new report says the state of Mississippi does not do enough to regulate for-profit colleges.

New report gives Mississippi an F in regulatory oversight of for-profit colleges

Experts say lack of oversight can lead to poor outcomes for students

LISTEN: Why most single moms in college don’t finish

In the past decade, the number of single mothers in college has doubled.