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. See all our Special Reports

North Carolina's attorney general shut down the Charlotte School of Law before it was scheduled to open this past fall.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

Securities filings show an industry increasingly vexed about state oversight, enforcement

race and college admission

Facts about race and college admission

Political winds may shift, but racial factors in college success statistics don’t

The line between Texas and Arkansas in front of the bi-state federal building, which straddles both. Texas A&M University at Texarkana has one of the lowest retention rates of public higher-education institutions; 55 percent who started in 2012 were gone by 2016.

More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

New data show little progress in retaining students, despite efforts to plug the leak

Teachers continue their strike at the state capitol on April 9, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thousands of teachers and supporters continue to rally at the state Capitol as Oklahoma becomes the latest state to be plagued by teacher strife. Teachers are walking off the job after a $6,100 pay raise was rushed through the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you don’t work over the weekend, thank a union

The Janus Supreme Court ruling is bad news for all of us

OPINION: Loss of top centrist judge will hit higher ed hard

Kennedy’s Supreme Court replacement will likely part company on affirmative action

Ex-slave and American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) (1817 - 1895) as a young man, 1848. He became the first black man to be received at the White House, by President Abraham Lincoln.

Education unfits us for slavery; we need to protect the Department of Education

The new White House proposal to merge the Departments of Education and Labor views students only as workers

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Behind the Latino college degree gap

Latinos are the least likely ethnic or racial group to get a college education, new report says

From DACA students to Rhodes Scholars to foster-care youth, a look at some unusual college-goers

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

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