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.

Erin Nelson, a recruiter from Iowa State University, talks with Emily Behrendsen, 17, and her mother, Diana, at a college fair in Pasadena, California. Emily’s older brother is going to Alaska for college, Diana Behrendsen says. “I just feel like they need to go where they can thrive and be happy.”

As college enrollment falls, recruiters descend on a state that still has lots of applicants

Institutions that are running out of students look to a place that has more than it can handle

Thousands of students cross the U.S.-Mexico border every day to go to college

Though many are U.S. citizens, they are still getting caught up in the anti-immigration climate

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The paradox of working while in college

Work interferes with studies but boosts adult earnings, researchers say

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One surprising barrier to college success: Dense higher education lingo

Some efforts are beginning to translate complex academic jargon into plain language

Education at Work

A new way of helping students pay for college: Give them corporate jobs

Some undergrads are answering customer service calls for Microsoft, Discover

Rural students often go unnoticed by colleges. Can virtual counseling put them on the map?

In rural high schools, college guidance is often inadequate or non-existent. But new programs are popping up to help  

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Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

Like many U.S. colleges, Indiana University Northwest is seeing a sharp rise in Latinx students — but support for them is lagging

Kristie Kolesnikov, in red, spent 10 years getting her bachelor’s degrees at six different institutions. The mother of two can’t even keep track of how many credits she lost every time she changed majors or transferred. Now she’s working toward a master’s degree.

Universities that are recruiting older students often leave them floundering

Students 25 and older juggle jobs, kids and bills without support many say they need

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A Game of College: Can you get into college and finish a degree without taking on too much debt?

It’s your junior year of high school. You want to go to college. You've heard your salary can be a lot higher if you have a bachelor's degree, but getting into a good school is difficult and finishing college is even harder. Do you know what it takes to find the right school, pay for it, declare your major and graduate on time?

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