College costs/prices

Who Controls Textbook Choices?

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U. of North Carolina may adopt systemwide rules limiting faculty options. Students like the idea, but some professors don't.

40 Years of Changes in the Student Body

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Researchers who conduct annual survey of freshmen offer a look at long-term trends.

The Students Weigh In

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Loan scandals are just barely on many students' radar screens -- but say the word "loan," and they care (at least a little bit).

Tracking Sports Spending

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NCAA gives Knight panel sneak preview of how athletics budget information will be collected and sorted.

Next Chapter on Textbooks

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As U.S. panel calls for online collaboration to provide lower-cost options, debate continues on the appropriate federal role.

A Return to Need-Blind Admissions

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Why Vassar decided to spend more on student aid -- a decade after concluding it couldn't continue to do so.

An Ambitious Student Aid Bill

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House legislation would benefit students, cost lenders billions, and punish colleges that raise their prices too much.

Price Controls or Transparency?

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Proposed reporting requirements on college costs renew debate over what motivates institutions to economize.

What If Higher Ed Funds Don't Help Economy?

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Greater prosperity requires more jobs, and more jobs require more economic growth. And the best way to do that, this chain of reasoning continues, is to make investments in higher education and high-tech research. How else to cultivate the next generation of highly skilled, motivated workers for today's ever-dynamic information economy?

That view -- promoted by college presidents, governors and experts in the economics of higher education -- is often cited in the quest for more funding for state university systems. But what if it's wrong?

Portrait of the College CFO

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Quality of life and influence in the institution matter most to chief financial officers -- far more than pay, survey finds.

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