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Quick Take: Hidden College Fees, Hidden College Bloat

December 1, 2016 by Armand Alacbay & Dani Jack |

In “Those Hidden College Fees,” Rochelle Sharpe correctly observes that the underlying reasons for the rising costs of college are not immediately clear to students and families, since institutions can...

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Quick Take: First Improve University Management

September 27, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

In Charles Pruitt’s “Partisan politics is undermining the ‘Public Ivies,’” he blames declining state funding for the cycle of rising tuition and diminished resources afflicting state flagship...

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Intern Blog: To Stop Rising Tuition Costs, Look to the Data

August 16, 2016 by Emily Reynolds |

It is no secret that the price of a bachelor’s degree has been rapidly rising, creating great strain for college students and their families. According to the Trends in College Pricing 2015 report...

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More Now Than Ever: Accreditation Reform Needed

June 1, 2016 by by Michael Poliakoff |

Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Mark A. Elgart, founding president and chief executive officer of AdvancED, object to the U.S. Department of...

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Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price” of tuition...

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Purdue’s President Gets to the Bottom of Higher Ed’s High Price

May 11, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

“Higher education has to get past the ‘take our word for it’ era,” insists Purdue’s president, Mitch Daniels, in a recent Wall Street Journal interview. The interview reveals a college president who has...

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The Sad Fate of Sweet Briar College

March 6, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

A storied women's liberal arts college founded in 1901 will close its doors this year. How could this happen, and what does this very sad story mean for American higher education?

In October 2009,...

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Honoring an Effective Trustee: Tom McMillen Wins Outstanding Director Award

February 11, 2015 by ACTA |

The Washington Business Journal and the National Association of Corporate Directors have just announced the honorees for their 4th Annual Outstanding Directors Awards. Among them is The Honorable Tom...

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Grasshoppers Running out of Green

February 5, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Last month, Standard & Poor’s released another negative outlook for non-profit higher ed institutions. The central issue, as one might expect, was the tension between increasing costs for colleges and a...

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A Modest Alternative

January 21, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

The Center for American Progress’ (CAP) recent report “A Great Recession, a Great Retreat” makes a case for increased state funding for higher education. The basis for this recommendation is that state...

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Throwing Money at an Accountability Problem

January 13, 2015 by Alex McHugh |

Last Friday, President Obama announced a proposal for a new federal subsidy for community college students. Named “America’s College Promise,” the program would provide funding for two years of...

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Perpetuating the Enrollment Crisis

October 28, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

Earlier this month, the Chronicle of Higher Education released a survey of some 368 small private colleges showing that many were struggling to meet their enrollment targets. The decrease was expected,...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: Majoring in Leisure

September 25, 2014 by ACTA |

What does it say that there is now little discernible difference between a resort and a college?

Online-education provider Udacity is gearing up for a major expansion. Watch out status quo.

The...

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Higher Ed News Roundup: The Costs of College

September 24, 2014 by ACTA |

ACTA President Anne Neal and ACTA Vice President of Policy Michael Poliakoff are featured in a short documentary about the ever-increasing cost of college.

Restoring the spirit of academe starts with...

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The Costs of the Campus Building Boom Come Home to Roost at VSU

September 22, 2014 by Alex McHugh |

Virginia State University (VSU) was the first fully-public historically black university in the United States. It would a terrible shame to see such a historically important university disappear from...

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