The obstacles -- for traditional and nontraditional students alike -- can include finances, time, transportation, academic preparedness and physical disabilities. A variety of programs are aimed at breaking down those barriers and making job training and academic programs attainable.
The ever-increasing price of higher education seems almost as certain as death and taxes. In the College Board's most recent report on undergraduate college pricing from last fall, published tuition and fees -- known as the sticker price -- continued to rise in 2012-13 across all sectors.
With skyrocketing student debt and limited college endowments, some colleges are reconsidering whether a "need-blind" admissions policy is the best use of resources, both for the school and the student.
Gone are the days when college students spent hours poring over only print textbooks or shut the book on learning once they left the classroom. Course management systems, electronic textbooks, mobile devices and other trends in technology are changing the way students approach education.
Colleges and universities long have sought the seal of approval from accrediting agencies. Now schools increasingly are being held publicly accountable for results as students and their families try to see if they are getting their money's worth.