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ERIC Number: EJ788888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Elite Colleges Must Stop Spurning Critiques of Higher Education
Breneman, David
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n23 pA40 Feb 2008
Lawmakers have been putting increasing pressure on private colleges to spend more of their endowments on student aid. Just a few weeks ago, members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee sent letters to dozens of institutions with endowments of at least $500-million, demanding detailed information about how they manage those endowments, how much they charge students to attend, and how much financial assistance they provide. One also hears rumblings about taxing endowments or imposing price caps on tuition increases. Is it possible that such threats are linked, at least in part, to the negative and even hostile response of leading institutions to the criticisms of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education convened by Education Secretary Margaret Spellings? Since the Spellings commission issued its report more than a year ago, many leaders of the top colleges and universities have ignored or castigated its key recommendations. In this article, the author states that four higher-education issues that the report emphasizes are the right ones and will continue to be with everybody for years: access, affordability, quality, and accountability. Unfortunately a worrisome disconnect exists between public policy and the nation's higher-education institutions. Thus, the author states that elite colleges must stop spurning critiques of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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