ERIC Number: ED328114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
The Escalating Costs of Higher Education.
Kirshstein, Rita J.; And Others
This congressionally mandated study of the escalating cost of higher education focuses on: (1) identifying the cost of obtaining a higher education and determining how that cost has changed from 1976-77 to 1987-88; (2) determining specific causes of such cost changes; (3) forecasting the future cost of obtaining a higher education; (4) evaluating the impact of such cost changes on institutions of higher education, their students, and lower and middle income families; (5) making recommendations on how cost changes can be minimized in the future; and (6) outlining policy options to minimize future cost changes. The report, which used multiple data sources in its analyses, found that college tuitions and other costs of attendance have increased as a share of median family income throughout the 1980s, particularly in the private sector. Costs rose to cover rising expenditures, to make up for shortfalls in other revenue sources, and in response to growing demand for college education. Assumptions about such variables as enrollments, financial aid availability, and economic conditions are used to predict the future course of tuitions. Strategies such as containing costs and increasing revenues from sources other than tuition are explored as ways to reduce future cost increases. Includes approximately 100 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see HE 024 138.