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.

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

OPINION: 3 ways that colleges can support underrepresented students after the Harvard case

A chief diversity officer explains why YouTube counts as an idea

Chestnut Hill College director of student success Kim Cooney meets with senior Erin Crowley. Cooney changed her major at the end of her junior year in college, adding an extra semester to the time it took to graduate. Now she tries to help others make the right decisions sooner.

Switching majors is adding time and tuition to the already high cost of college

Despite the spiraling cost of the investment, some students commit to it without a plan

For safer schools, we need more hugs, not more guns

Students who feel disconnected from their community are more likely to lash out

OPINION: Don’t trust university accreditors to stop for-profit schools from scamming veterans

For-profit college accreditor’s poor track record on G.I. Bill money

Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their legal status. One hopes to graduate with his college degree first

If the Trump administration has its way, Jose would be forced from the U.S. just a few months before graduation.

OPINION: Election 2018’s winners include campus activism, diversity — and polarization

Good and bad news about what college-student voting could mean for higher education

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Western Michigan sophomore Kayla Mayes has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. The Seita Scholars Program gives her academic, financial and emotional support.

From foster care to college

Western Michigan University is one of several colleges that have started programs to help foster youth earn degrees

“Cast of 1985 coming-of-age movie “The Breakfast Club.”

STUDENT VOICE: To stop campus rape culture, fix sex ed in high school

‘Even in our liberal bubble, no one taught us about consent’

OPINION: Universities around the world must do more to help refugees

How one European business school is working to meet the global challenge

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