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.

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More students are leaving college without a degree

More future jobs will require a college degree, yet more students are dropping out with no credential

“Canyon Dreams”

How one Navajo Nation high school is trying to help students see a future that includes college

In a new book on "rez ball," columnist Michael Powell explores the lives of Navajo high schoolers on and off the court

In one country, women now outnumber men in college by two to one

It’s only the most extreme example of a worldwide trend that includes the U.S.

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Helping students with intellectual disabilities conquer college

More colleges are opening doors to students with intellectual disabilities and giving them life skills and a ticket to employment, but federal funding for some of these programs runs out next year

Black college students in Illinois get the short end of the financial stick

Illinois is spending more on higher ed overall but less on financial aid, as pension plans gobble funding

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Student loan default rates inch down as for-profit sector contracts

Rise in income-based repayment plans masks distress that default rates used to reveal

New routes to success in learning are popping up around the country

A sampling of Hechinger reporting for The New York Times’s Learning section

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

Many schools are trying strategies from the business world to stay afloat

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