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ERIC Number: EJ816782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
The Higher Education Funding Disconnect: Spending More, Getting Less
Wellman, Jane V.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v40 n6 p18-25 Nov-Dec 2008
The rich and the famous are much in the news these days--colleges and universities that is, the ones with endowments in the hundreds of millions or more and whose run-up in assets has raised questions about their non-profit status from both state and federal lawmakers. The U.S. Senate Finance committee wants to know, for example, why institutions that are reported to average 20 percent annual increases in the market value of endowments of $500 million or more still need to raise tuition and fees every year. Media and policy attention to the wealthiest sector of higher education might cause the public and policy makers to think that most colleges and universities are awash in money--and looking only at the Ivy League and the biggest public research universities, it would be hard to argue that they're mistaken. But the focus on revenue masks the bigger story in higher education finance in America, which is a story of growing gaps between rich and poor institutions, greater clustering of low-income students in poorly financed institutions, and disinvestment in teaching. In this article, the author discusses the "dysfunctional" state of the financing system for higher education. She also offers recommendations on how institutions can remedy the problems on educational spending. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 5 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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