Higher education completion

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

1 in 3 first-generation students quits college within three years. Can colleges boost grad rates by building relationships with students’ parents?

A few universities help black and Hispanic students reach and finish graduate school

The ranks of such students, who are stymied by cost and inexperience, remain low

High school graduation rates

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

How an ambitious plan to help Hispanics get ready for college is making early inroads

Already stretched grad students rebel against rising and often surreptitious fees

Universities seeking revenue levy “academic excellence” and other non-tuition charges

College students are increasingly forgoing summers off to save money, stay on track

But with many four-year campuses shut down, students are turning to local community colleges

prison education programs

Propelling prisoners to bachelor’s degrees in California

As the First Step Act is set to release more federal prisoners and Congress considers offering additional inmates financial aid for college, California’s overhaul of prison education offers a blueprint for other states.

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From prison to dean’s list: How Danielle Metz got an education after incarceration

Just 4 percent of formerly incarcerated people have a bachelor’s degree. Now, a movement to raise that number is gaining momentum as Congress reconsiders a ban on Pell grants for prisoners, and some states seek to prevent universities from barring felons

Achievement gap closed, one chancellor asks, “Why aren’t we all doing this?”

With a strong support system and a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota Rochester has students from different backgrounds graduating at similar rates

Erin Nelson, a recruiter from Iowa State University, talks with Emily Behrendsen, 17, and her mother, Diana, at a college fair in Pasadena, California. Emily’s older brother is going to Alaska for college, Diana Behrendsen says. “I just feel like they need to go where they can thrive and be happy.”

As college enrollment falls, recruiters descend on a state that still has lots of applicants

Institutions that are running out of students look to a place that has more than it can handle

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