Divided We Learn

Once the way up the socioeconomic ladder in America, higher education may now be deepening the divisions. First-generation, low-income students disproportionately wind up at campuses with the fewest resources; their wealthier counterparts, at the best. And, contradicting public promises, universities are raising their net prices faster for low-income than higher-income students.

college degree

More students are leaving college without a degree

More future jobs will require a college degree, yet more students are dropping out with no credential

“Canyon Dreams”

How one Navajo Nation high school is trying to help students see a future that includes college

In a new book on "rez ball," columnist Michael Powell explores the lives of Navajo high schoolers on and off the court

Black college students in Illinois get the short end of the financial stick

Illinois is spending more on higher ed overall but less on financial aid, as pension plans gobble funding

Questioning their fairness, a record number of colleges stop requiring the SAT and ACT

Results are mixed, but suggest that making these tests optional is improving diversity on campus

Hispanic-serving institutions set to lose $100 million

Congressional leaders disagree about how to continue funding for colleges that serve minority students

OPINION: Do U.S. colleges reinforce or reduce inequality?

A reporter returns to college, after three decades away, to find out

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historically underrepresented students

Flagship universities don’t reflect their state’s diversity

Across the country a gap persists between the number of black and Latino students graduating from state high schools, and the number enrolling in state flagship schools.

Luxury private student housing further divides rich and poor on campuses

Developers are pouring billions into buildings with pools, hot tubs, gyms and saunas

off-campus housing

The hidden risk in off-campus housing costs

As rents rise, living off-campus doesn’t always mean lower expenses

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