College costs/prices

Textbook Bonanza

News abounds about bookstores and other providers (on ground and virtual): reunification at Barnes & Noble, infusion for Academos, expansion for free textbook initiative.

Onward Christian Snowboarders

Recruiting students with ever-increasing recreational offerings, Liberty University’s latest addition is a ski park with year-round “snow.”

Economics Lesson for Higher Ed

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

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

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

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

Insult to Injury

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

Revenue Dip for Private Colleges

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

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.

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