Higher education access

As a student from a tiny rural hometown, Kendra Beaudoin found unexpected obstacles when she arrived last year at the University of Michigan. She had to use a paper map to find her way around after losing her phone, couldn’t figure out the bus system and didn’t understand crosswalks. “Those aren’t a thing where I live.”

Some colleges extend scholarships and other help to rural high school grads

They see benefits to diversity — and their own bottom lines — in having rural students

OPINION: 3 ways that colleges can support underrepresented students after the Harvard case

A chief diversity officer explains why YouTube counts as an idea

Western Michigan sophomore Kayla Mayes has been in foster care for as long as she can remember. The Seita Scholars Program gives her academic, financial and emotional support.

From foster care to college

Western Michigan University is one of several colleges that have started programs to help foster youth earn degrees

OPINION: Universities around the world must do more to help refugees

How one European business school is working to meet the global challenge

Aimee Chartier served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst, and is now a sophomore at Brown University, studying political science.

At top colleges that train America’s elite, veterans are an almost invisible minority

Of 1 million GI Bill recipients now in college, the most elite schools enroll well under 1 percent

STUDENT VOICE: Why I opted against a co-ed college

‘I could carry my strength with me’

Sam Larson, 15, measures a section of his cardboard canoe during ANSEP’s summer Acceleration Academy at the University of Alaska in July 2018.

Alaska Native students pursue STEM, with great success

Pushing back against stereotypes, students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program outperform students of all backgrounds in math and science

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A statue of George Mason on George Mason University's Fairfax campus in Fairfax, Virginia. The university offers digital badges rather than degrees or certificates for the completion of some courses.

As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

Policymakers try to bring consistency to what “microcredentials” actually mean

Clarissa Santana is a mother of three who is frustrated when she returns to college at the University of Akron and learns her credits from a for-profit school don’t transfer. She tells her story in the new documentary “Unlikely.”

Two new documentaries showcase a long and winding road to college

‘Personal Statement,’ and ‘Unlikely’ hit the film festival circuits with stories of real-life obstacles and struggles

How the Georgia governor’s race could influence college access there

Report finds Georgia’s public system has two tiers, limiting access for lower-income students

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