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A recent survey of distinguished economists revealed shocking results to this survey question:
“Conventional economic reasoning suggests that it would be a good policy to enact the recent Senate bill that would let undergraduate students borrow through the government Stafford program at interest rates equivalent to the primary credit rates offered to banks through the Federal ReserveRContinue Reading »
Last week, we looked at why tuition was increasing at four-year public colleges, and argued that the most commonly cited reasons could not explain why tuition was increasing. This week, we’ll look at private, nonprofit, four-year colleges.
Since private colleges do not receive nearly as much money from states as public colleges, we’d expect for changes in state appropriations to be a minContinue Reading »
While President Obama’s new higher ed proposals have generated considerable commentary, much of it seems to be missing two key points.
The first is admittedly based on my reading of the proposal thus far, and I grant that the proposal is vague enough that you can read pretty much whatever you want into it. Most of the commentary compares the new ratings system to U.S. News & World ReContinue Reading »
The question “why does tuition keep increasing?” is one of the most important questions in all of education policy. But the most common answers to this question—that it’s a result of inadequate state funding, increases in faculty compensation, or even that it might not be rising at all, are individually and collectively inadequate. Let’s take these explanations one at a time.
First up isContinue Reading »
President Obama is on fire to make higher education more available at a reasonable cost to more Americans. Addressing the faculty and students at the University of Buffalo on Thursday, he made a convincing case that unless higher education wakes up to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century we will find ourselves uncompetitive and increasingly vulnerable economically and socially.<Continue Reading »
The sad and sorry saga of income based repayment (IBR) continues. In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jason Delisle and Alex Holt document the latest scandal, excerpts here:
“One of the nation’s leading law schools is exploiting a huge loophole in federal financial-aid law, and taxpayers are clearly on the losing side. If other schools catch on, the reContinue Reading »
President Obama unveiled a new plan to make college more affordable today. A key piece is a new ratings system that will help determine federal funding for colleges.
“To identify colleges for providing the best value and encourage all colleges to improve, President Obama is directing the Department of Education to develop and publish a new college ratings systContinue Reading »
Last Wednesday, the New York City Department of Education released its study of teacher education programs in the New York metropolitan area. The basic message: College and university teacher education programs are more alike than different—and overall, the results are not reassuring. I think I know some of the reasons why.
But first a quick look at the department’s findings. Using data Continue Reading »
Along with death and taxes, it has often seemed like rising tuition is an unpleasant reality that we have no choice but to come to terms with. But perhaps rising tuition isn’t inevitable.
While not many people have noticed, tuition has been falling at for-profit colleges. The graph below uses data from the Digest of Education Statistics and shows that after adjusting for inflation, tuitiContinue Reading »
Even a casual reader of education news coverage is sure to come across brouhahas involving the fast-growing, for-profit higher education sector nearly every day. In the past week alone, we’ve read about several developments:Protests among some alumni and board members about the Thunderbird School of Management’s recently announced alliance with global for-profit Laureate Education, Inc. FContinue Reading »