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.

Brad Parton, a rancher and educator in Fayetteville, Tenn., feeds some of his 25 cows on his farm.

Rural colleges aren’t supplying the workers rural businesses and agriculture need

Both sides concede they don’t often talk to each other, resulting in a widening skills gap

Students at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tennessee, work with machinery in the school’s mechatronics lab.

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

Companies need more people with degrees but struggle to find them

Adley Nyakora, a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato, plays Operation, while Cornelius Bright, Elijah Calderon-Pitchford, Aburrahman Guantai, and Jordan Headley look on.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

Unless more residents get to and through college, the state won’t be able to fill jobs that require higher education

Educational Opportunity Programs

How Educational Opportunity Programs graduate first-generation college students

A wildly successful boot camp combines tough academics, strict rules and minimal sleep

As a student from a tiny rural hometown, Kendra Beaudoin found unexpected obstacles when she arrived last year at the University of Michigan. She had to use a paper map to find her way around after losing her phone, couldn’t figure out the bus system and didn’t understand crosswalks. “Those aren’t a thing where I live.”

Some colleges extend scholarships and other help to rural high school grads

They see benefits to diversity — and their own bottom lines — in having rural students

Clarissa Santana is a mother of three who is frustrated when she returns to college at the University of Akron and learns her credits from a for-profit school don’t transfer. She tells her story in the new documentary “Unlikely.”

Two new documentaries showcase a long and winding road to college

‘Personal Statement,’ and ‘Unlikely’ hit the film festival circuits with stories of real-life obstacles and struggles

How the Georgia governor’s race could influence college access there

Report finds Georgia’s public system has two tiers, limiting access for lower-income students

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Not many of South Carolina’s African-American high school grads attend its flagship campus

A video report with University of South Carolina students and the college president

Myiesha Robateau wasn’t offered enough financial aid to go to a private college and instead began this fall at the public University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

New data show some colleges are definitively unaffordable for many

Even as net prices begin to fall at some schools, many families are priced out

OPINION: Faculty diversity? ‘When the guy in the white coat isn’t white, or a guy, every time’

Ways that campuses can increase the number of teachers who look like their students

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