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.

tribal colleges

Why are tribal college students slow to ask for financial aid?

A report about student experiences at tribal colleges and universities finds a lag in seeking aid, along with reluctance to take out loans

Army veteran Chester Dixon, right, works with William Moore, Georgia Department of Labor veterans representative, to apply for a new skills-based program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market, in Atlanta. The program is open to veterans between the ages of 35 and 60.

Going back to school after 50

A reader asks: How common is it for people seek out vocational training later in life?

Data analysis reveals keys to student success

With nearly 3 million datapoints, Trilogy Education says it knows exactly what it takes to keep students on track

The other victims when colleges decline or close: their hometowns

Growing financial woes in higher education threaten surrounding economies

Princeton University, the site of this year’s Ivy League Veterans Council meeting, has 12 undergraduate military veterans, up from one just two years ago.

College spending comes under closer scrutiny

A new website shows trustees, lawmakers, administrators and families how colleges spend their money

The Thompson family, (from left) Clive, CJ, Christine, Oneita and Timothy, stand in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, where the parents and their two youngest children have been living since August.

Going to school when your family is in hiding from ICE

ICE allowed a Jamaican family to stay in the country for years, then suddenly ordered them deported last summer. Now, as the family seeks sanctuary in a church, the children are struggling to maintain their grades and dreams of college

Brad Parton, a rancher and educator in Fayetteville, Tenn., feeds some of his 25 cows on his farm.

Rural colleges aren’t supplying the workers rural businesses and agriculture need

Both sides concede they don’t often talk to each other, resulting in a widening skills gap

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U.S. continues to slip behind other countries in percentage of population with degrees

A lack of highly skilled workers leaves American employers unable to fill jobs

Students at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tennessee, work with machinery in the school’s mechatronics lab.

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

Companies need more people with degrees but struggle to find them

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