ERIC Number: ED416762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Straight Talk about College Costs and Prices. Report of The National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education.
Harvey, James; Williams, Roger M.; Kirshstein, Rita J.; O'Malley, Amy Smith; Wellman, Jane V.
This report reviews trends affecting rising costs and prices in higher education and proposes an action agenda for colleges, government at all levels, families and students, and other patrons. The recommendations emphasize shared responsibility to (1) strengthen institutional cost control; (2) improve market information and public accountability; (3) deregulate higher education; (4) rethink accreditation; and (5) enhance and simplify federal student aid. "Cost" is defined as the expense a college incurs to deliver education to a student, and "price" means the portion of those costs students and families are asked to pay. Information was obtained for the period 1987-96 on costs, prices, and generalized subsidies for public and private four-year colleges and universities and for public two-year colleges. College affordability was assessed based on trends in family income and the amount students pay for college after financial aid. The following factors were reviewed to trace their impact on rising costs and prices: financial aid; changes in the composition of students, faculty, and administrators; facility expansions; increased use of technology in higher education; increased costs of accreditation and compliance with regulations; and changing expectations about quality. Appended materials include an agenda of additional issues called: "The Unfinished Agenda", technical notes, biographical information on the commissioners and a list of meeting places and dates, reference material consulted, a list of consultants, and supplementary research materials with over 100 statistical exhibits related to such issues as enrollments, net price, expenditures, tuition, faculty workload, federal, state, and local regulations, and adequacy of financial aid. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Educational Finance, Expenditures, Family Income, Federal Regulation, Financial Problems, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Operating Expenses, Paying for College, School Funds, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education, Washington, DC.