ERIC Number: EJ732599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Using the IPEDS Peer Analysis System to Compare Tuition Discount Rates
Duggan, Michael; Mathews, Rebecca
College and University, v80 n3 p43-45 Win 2005
Tuition discounting began in the 1970s as the practice of using university funds to augment federal, state, and private aid and scholarships. When the 1980s saw a decrease in the number of high school seniors, universities began to compete in the arena of price for the first time, sparking what has been called an "arms race" of tuition discounting (Goral 2003). Recently, tuition discounting has changed in two main respects. The first, which has faced the most public criticism, is that discounts are no longer based solely on financial need. The second, even more risky, change in tuition discounting is in the methods institutions of higher education use to fund their discounts. This practice has the potential to undermine the financial stability of a college, not to mention limit funds for instruction, academics, and student support (Goral 2003). Today, price competition is a reality one must live with, and so assessing one's peers' discounting practices is an important tool. The federal government, through the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), collects a variety of data from higher education institutions. The data that are collected are made available to the higher education community and the public through the IPEDS Peer Analysis System (PAS). The Peer Analysis System allows users to compare an institution (called a linchpin in PAS) with other colleges and universities (peer group).
Descriptors: Tuition, Student Financial Aid, Educational Finance, Colleges, Comparative Analysis, College Freshmen, Statistical Analysis
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