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.

Michael Bloomberg unveils ‘progressive’ higher education plan

Free college and a call for eliminating legacy admissions stand apart from his K-12 legacy

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Trump’s budget would slash support for low-income students

Budget proposal unlikely to pass, but indicates an outlook on higher education

In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 photo, Xavier University student Triton Brown studies in a common area on campus before going to one of his part time jobs in New Orleans. Thousands of students unexpectedly either had to stay at home, transfer to a less expensive school or find new money when the U.S. Department of Education quietly changed how it evaluated the credit of parents applying for a federal PLUS loan. Brown, a Milwaukee native who is a freshman at Xavier University of Louisiana, said his family was counting on a PLUS loan, but his mother's application was rejected after he had been accepted the previous semester.

Longer road to the B.A. for many black students

New study shows black students, on average, spend a year longer in college than whites

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Where education systems stumble, grassroots groups step in to raise success rates

Civic, business leaders are alternately helping and compelling the pros to up their game

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Rapper Boosie Badazz can be a bridge to getting black men into college

By wearing fraternity letters, hit rapper sends message that college is not just for elites

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

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