College costs/prices

Economics Lesson for Higher Ed

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When budget woes threatened access to Robert Reich's large lecture class at Berkeley, the former labor secretary proposed a less expensive model.

Don't (Dis)count Them Out

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The summer headlines had private college trustees sweating. The bottom had fallen out of the economy, tightening credit markets spread fear about the availability of student loans, and students’ parents were getting pink slips in record numbers. As concerns grew about the prospect of faltering enrollments, many small, tuition-driven colleges decided to ratchet up a tried and true strategy: tuition discounting.

Forward Into the Cloud

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With more students auto-forwarding e-mail to private accounts, even colleges that have not outsourced e-mail find it difficult to keep correspondence on their own servers.

Half-Learned Lessons

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Ten years after the National Center for Academic Transformation began course redesigns, early adopters applaud learning outcomes but remain ambivalent about the cost reduction.

Tuition Is Up, Loans Are Shifting

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Percentage increase is highest at community colleges and lowest at private four-year institutions. Lending moves from private to federal programs.

Insult to Injury

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Wounded already by budget cuts, 26 states are wrestling with midyear shortfalls that often require quick and undesirable solutions.

Revenue Dip for Private Colleges

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Institutions worked to maintain enrollment through increased aid and lower tuition increases, but net tuition and fee revenues are expected to fall on many campuses, Moody's reports.

In Search of the Big Idea

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In a day of soul searching at TIAA-CREF's higher ed conference, college leaders wrestle with what lies ahead. A mix of optimism and fear ensues.

The Long Talk Continues

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College leaders at TIAA-CREF conference say reforms are crucial for future of higher ed, but acknowledge they've been saying that for years with little change.

Spoonful of Sugar

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When pressing students to pay $1,000 surcharge, Wisconsin-Madison promised them a say in how money would be spent. That's made hike easier to swallow.

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