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Diffusion of Light and Education

A State Report Card on Public Higher Education in Virginia
January 1, 2012 by ACTA Download PDF Press Release

ACTA releases the ninth in its series of state reports—this one on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The report—The Diffusion of Light and Education—outlines challenges at 39 public and private colleges and universities in Virginia, in key areas of public interest: general education requirements, cost and effectiveness, and governance structures. It finds that in too many places, graduation rates are low, administrative bloat is high, and tuition is taking an ever larger percentage of family income. The report warns that certain trends—if ignored—threaten to erode the Commonwealth’s historic prominence in American higher education.


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