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.

Let’s invest in black kids who pursue STEM the way we do black kids on the football field

Our students must develop tech skills or risk unemployment at the hands of AI

students with autism

As diagnoses rise, more colleges add services for students with autism

These few programs serve small numbers, however — and often at a high price

tuition free colleges

How one country with close parallels to the United States has made college free

The experience exposes the risks, rewards of increasingly popular free-tuition programs

HBCUs

HBCUs are leading centers of education — why are they treated as second-class citizens?

In Maryland, Gov. Hogan is shortchanging state’s black colleges, a pattern seen in other states

second language

What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian?

A new movement has colleges adding second language sections to English-instructed courses 

Washington, D.C. – West Front Plaza and façade of the U.S. Supreme court building.

OPINION: DACA isn’t ‘the sweeping magic wand of access that higher education made it seem to be’

What states and institutions can do to increase higher-education access independent of DACA

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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

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