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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. See all our Special Reports

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a new book How Schools Work: An Inside Account

OPINION: Arne Duncan, the fallible narrator

Aaron Pallas weighs in on Arne Duncan's "How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education"

A graduate student working in science lab.

Too little aid for low-income STEM majors?

With an extra financial-aid boost, low-income students more likely to study science, technology, engineering or math, study finds

At least four colleges and universities in the Midwest alone have added certificate or associate degree programs in beer fermentation, brewing, brew management and wine and viticulture technology, among the 41,446 degree or certificate programs colleges and universities have added since 2012.

Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

Despite tight budgets and high risks, colleges hope niche degrees will spur demand

MAFRAQ (JORDAN), April 26, 2018 — Syrian refugee children at a settlement near the Jordan-Syria border.

STUDENT VOICE: ‘Then one day a bomb exploded during my geometry class’

Fleeing Syria to pursue safety, education and a socially just world

Jackie Brenner, 18, practicing yoga in the yard of a family friend’s home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in July. Through her nonprofit, Piece of Peace, she teaches others how to live healthy lives.

Back to school ideas for preschool thru college — and teachers too

Jackie Brenner, 18, practicing yoga in the yard of a family friend’s home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in July. Through her nonprofit, Piece of Peace, she teaches others…

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Student borrowers

Would proposed borrower-defense rules help or harm indebted students?

New federal regulations have been proposed for student borrowers who want debt relief

Roosevelt Montás, who spoke no English when he arrived in New York City from the Dominican Republic at age 12, leads Columbia University’s Freedom and Citizenship summer program for New York high school students.

Reading, writing and arguing: Can a summer of big questions push students to college?

High school students get jump-start studying great books, philosophers

With the new ‘Aim Higher Act,’ House Democrats want states to make community college free

Democrats’ proposed bill contrasts with Republicans’ ‘Prosper Act’ on several issues

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