It's estimated that 20 percent of first year students are put on academic probation. That's not a small number. Universities are beginning to tackle the problem head on.
Pell Grants, the federal aid program for low-income students, are down to covering only 30 percent of tuition, from 80 percent in the 1970s.
For-profit colleges and universities have been in a lot of trouble. But the case of Trump University is different. To start with, it cannot even be called a for-profit university.
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called for making colleges and universities debt-free or tuition-free. Disadvantaged students need more than free college to achieve success.
It's that time of the year when students get ready to enroll in college. But many don't, even after being accepted. What can be done?
A bill before Congress is proposing colleges and universities with endowments of at least $1 billion spend 25 percent of the money on financial aid. What is the proposal missing?
For many students, stress about money is a terrible and unwelcome distraction from their degrees – qualifications they hope can lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
There are a number of factors outside the academy that hold first-year university students back. Addressing these can improve retention rates.
Students are going hungry on college campuses. The latest survey shows that four in 10 University of California students do not have access to nutritious food.
An academic asks: whom should we teach? What should we teach? How should we teach?