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.

The Capitol Building in Jackson Mississippi.

OPINION: Here’s a novel way to keep students in college: good teaching

Instructional practices that make the grade

OPINION: ‘Our student loan policy has been corrupted by the powerful companies that profit from it’

We need rules to stop businesses from buying their way into the driver’s seat in federal agencies

College students predicted to fall by more than 15% after the year 2025

But high demand likely to persist for top 100 elite institutions

STUDENT VOICE: The first in my family to go to college, thanks to a scholarship — and a borrowed van

Keeping the dream alive in Ecuador, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., speaks at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention. She recently said many politicians who are considered good legislators help for-profit colleges.

Maxine Waters chastises for-profit colleges and DeVos Leadership

“One of the biggest rip-offs and scandals in government”

Grinnell College, halfway between Des Moines and Iowa City. First-year students here attend a mandatory career advising program before their classes even start.

Colleges welcome first-year students by getting them thinking about jobs

Increasingly judged on graduates’ success, some start career advising very, very early

Old Idea, New Economy: Rediscovering Apprenticeships

You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class. South Carolina has…


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Jun 22, 2009 - New York, New York, USA —- Graduates at the 81st Commencement Ceremony for the Bronx High School of Science at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

OPINION: Asian, black and Latino solidarity should come first

There’s more to student success than hard work and merit

college job

Quantifying the risks of working while in college

Low-income students who work are less likely to excel in their studies

Tuition is being cut by about $25,000 this year to attract more students to Mills College in Oakland, California, one of several colleges and universities freezing or reducing tuition this fall in the face of an enrollment decline and consumer backlash.

Bending to the law of supply and demand, some colleges are dropping their prices

Cuts to advertised tuition come in the face of an enrollment drop and consumer backlash