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.

off-campus housing

The hidden risk in off-campus housing costs

As rents rise, living off-campus doesn’t always mean lower expenses

HBCU international students

HBCUs open their doors wider to international students

The colleges are bringing in foreign students to give their campuses more international flavor, and help with the bottom line

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

1 in 3 first-generation students quits college within three years. Can colleges boost grad rates by building relationships with students’ parents?

A few universities help black and Hispanic students reach and finish graduate school

The ranks of such students, who are stymied by cost and inexperience, remain low

Toni Morrison

OPINION: Why every English teacher should assign Toni Morrison

Through her works, we come to know ourselves and our country better

High school graduation rates

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

How an ambitious plan to help Hispanics get ready for college is making early inroads

El porcentaje de graduados en un grupo importante está comenzando a mejorar.

Cómo un ambicioso plan para ayudar a hispanos a prepararse para la universidad está ya logrando éxito

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immigrants

We are a nation of migrants, not a collection of diplomas

The rush to embrace only highly educated immigrants reveals our classist elitism

Already stretched grad students rebel against rising and often surreptitious fees

Universities seeking revenue levy “academic excellence” and other non-tuition charges

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