College, Inc.: Finance


Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 07/25/2012

No ‘magic solution’ to college affordability

Two factors, high labor costs and competitive discounting, drive up the sticker price of college, the guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:28 PM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance | Tags:  college affordability, financial aid

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Fixed-rate tuition can minimize college-price angst

Kettering University in Michigan is one of the latest institution to fix its tuition rate, so that students pay the same amount throughout their undergraduate education.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:04 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance | Tags:  college affordability, higher education

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 07/16/2012

St. Mary’s College moves to shore up selectivity

A strategic shift aims to jump-start stagnant admissions at Maryland’s vaunted public liberal arts school. A longtime admissions officer has moved on.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:23 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Aid, Finance, Liberal Arts, Publics | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland, liberal arts

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Five college admissions tips for the A-minus student

The Ivies aren’t biting, and merit dollars are scarce. But even in the affluent suburbs, there are ways to turn the admission process to your favor.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Aid, Finance, Rankings | Tags:  college admissions, college rankings

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/30/2012

New momentum for the three-year degree?

A prestigious college embarks on a three-year degree as another program yields its first graduates.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Finance | Tags:  three-year degree, higher education, college completion

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Yoke San Reynolds, U-Va.’s retiring vice president, saved the university nearly $1 billion

The university’s vice president Yoke San Reynolds taught the university how to borrow more cheaply and save more wisely.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:57 AM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Wesleyan president: A degree in ‘three marvelous years’

A three-year degree is among the options one prestigious liberal arts school is weighing to make its product more affordable.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:47 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Liberal Arts | Tags:  college affordability, college tuition

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Public university presidents nearly crack the $2 million mark

Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State and a college leader since 1981, comes a few thousand dollars short of a compensation milestone.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  higher education, executive compensation

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012

State grant aid goes increasingly to the wealthy

In the District, only 6 percent of state grant funds are awarded based on financial need, according to a new report.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:49 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, financial aid

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Athletics 1, academics 0: A guest post

Pitting college athletics against academics in a contest for budget dollars is not a fair fight, our guest bloggers opine.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Athletics, Finance | Tags:  college athletics

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 05/09/2012

University of Michigan creates model for instant research funding

Researchers can tap $60,000 in start-up funds immediately rather than wait months for an exploratory research grant to develop an idea.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:55 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Research | Tags:  R&D, University of Michigan

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/24/2012

The case against lowering student loan interest rates

A guest blogger argues that low-low interest rates on student loans feed runaway college pricing and waste tax dollars.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance | Tags:  student loans, Obama, higher education

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/23/2012

College giving rebounds as donor base shrinks

College giving is on the rise after a rough 2009 and an ambiguous 2010, a new report finds. But younger alumni are not stepping up.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Development, Finance | Tags:  college fundraising, higher education

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Ohio State’s Gordon Gee proposes “differential” tuition

What if public colleges charged different rates according to how much each student’s courses cost them to teach?

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, college affordability

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Five steps to a prudent student loan

Don’t be afraid to borrow a modest sum for college, our guest blogger advises.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:36 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance | Tags:  student loans, higher education

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2012

ACT College president defends late aid payments

Federal officials say the college intentionally kept aid dollars from students; college leader says the problem was an obsolete record system.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance, For-profit colleges | Tags:  student aid

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/10/2012

College faculty pay has stalled

Professor pay isn’t keeping up with inflation. The least-well-paid faculty around Washington earn about $50,000 a year.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Labor | Tags:  college professors, college costs

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Choosing a college without knowing its cost

Many public universities don’t yet know what they’ll charge in 2012-13, and some privates haven’t posted their rates. Yet, students are urged to decide early.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  college tuition, college admissions

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Obama college-cost plan may not work as prescribed

The president wants to penalize colleges that charge too much. But the plan might punish low-cost schools, too.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Higher Education, College cost, Obama education plan, Colleges and universities

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Rising college prices: Is federal policy partly to blame?

Vassar president opines that spiraling costs are partly a response to misdirected federal incentives.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama budget, higher education

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Complaint alleges UMUC made ‘hush money’ payments to disgruntled employees

The document, filed with the state auditor, alleges UMUC President Susan Aldridge and her administration wasted tax dollars paying exiting employees for their silence.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance | Tags:  UMUC, higher education

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Student loans surpass auto, credit card debt

New report shows one-third of all student loan debt is held by those under 30.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama, student loans, higher education

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Are car loans, college loans so different?

Guest blogger asserts that a college education is a good investment — better, in the long run, than a car. Is a modest student loan such a bad thing?

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  financial aid, student loans, Obama

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2012

In search of higher education’s Best Picture

A guest blogger awards Oscars for best performances in a pedagogical role.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Liberal Arts, Pedagogy | Tags:  Academy Awards, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, St. John's College

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 02/10/2012

A bachelor’s degree for $10,000

Excelsior College offers a fairly cheap BA for students who are willing to do some independent study.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:24 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Online

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Guest post: A nontraditional university for nontraditional students

By some estimates, only a quarter of college students are “traditional,” in that they live on campus and study full time. Upper Iowa University offers a model for the other three quarters.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Online

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Guest post: An ‘Arab Spring’ of free online higher education

The writers envision a time when students access an entire college education online. But which model will prevail?

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Online, Pedagogy, Technology

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Report faults Va. colleges for spiraling tuition

Tuition and fees at 17 private institutions now exceed two-fifths of median household income in the commonwealth.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Attainment, Finance, Public policy, Research | Tags:  College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, University of Richmond, Washington and Lee University, George Mason University

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 01/27/2012

College leaders question Obama’s tuition plan

The president proposes to reward or punish colleges on the merits of their tuition policies.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:25 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Should William and Mary students pay ‘market rates’?

President Taylor Reveley says the university should think about a more market-based tuition structure — but it’s just an idea, for now.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  College of William and Mary

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 01/17/2012

U-Va., JHU’s former presidents earned over $200,000 a year for serving on corporate boards

That’s on top of their university president pay, according to Chronicle of Higher Education report.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:49 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance | Tags:  Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Population of needy college students is exploding

One state official shares data that show a 50 percent rise in the population of needy college students in a single year.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Is higher tuition what the public wants?

Some colleges have had success with highly publicized campaigns to reduce their annual tuition. But the strategy can backfire.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Marketing, Rankings, Privates

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Berkeley and the public Ivies: Five lingering questions

Further thoughts on the fiscal peril facing Berkeley and other top public universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:24 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Can the public Ivies be saved?

Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan, discusses — and rejects — two radical proposals that could potentially save the nation’s top public universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Obama meets with star presidents to talk reform

Attendees include University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and the New York state university chancellor.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Ten pricey colleges that don’t leave you in debt

These schools cost plenty, but generous aid packages mean the average graduate carries less than $20,000 in loan debt.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:08 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance | Tags:  Howard University

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Guest post: Cutting student aid like ‘eating our own seed corn’

Budget hawks in Congress see student aid as “spending,” but not as an investment, guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:17 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 11/18/2011

UT Austin: A model of waste, or efficiency?

The university wrote a point-by-point rebuttal to a critical analysis by a higher-education think tank. Suffice it to say, they reached opposite conclusions.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:18 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Labor, Pedagogy, Research, Publics

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Larry Summers on some of higher education’s ‘bad ideas’

The former Harvard president wonders, for example, whether it is wise for the nation’s oldest college to have so many old professors.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Pedagogy, Public policy | Tags:  American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 11/08/2011

College endowments still recovering from downturn

The average college endowment gained nearly 20 percent in fiscal 2011. But many schools still haven’t fully recovered from their losses in 2008.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:55 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Kiplinger anoints Washington and Lee a top liberal arts value

The University of Richmond, W&L’s lib-arts rival, also fares well on the annual list of best collegiate values.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:00 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Aid, Finance, Liberal Arts, Privates

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Guest post: Why one university is bringing back football

Launching a football team might seem odd in an economic downturn. But Stetson University’s president thinks it will help recruit students and build a brand.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:13 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Athletics, Finance, Marketing

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 10/10/2011

College sticker shock: Is $55,000 the new $50,000?

Nineteen colleges now charge $55,000 or more in tuition, fees and living expenses, according to one of two new surveys of college sticker price.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:56 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Rankings | Tags:  George Washington University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Guest post: Let’s be up-front about merit aid

A college president says his school has offered merit discounts for 20 years and thinks other schools should be transparent about such awards.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:55 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Privates

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Guest post: Don’t bank on the net-price calculator

A financial aid official contends that no one formula can predict what college will cost for each individual student.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Admissions, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Guest post: Get out your net-price calculator

By the end of October, every college in the land will provide parents an online tool to calculate the “net price” of attendance.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Access, Administration, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 09/09/2011

The ups and downs of U.S. News rankings

Think the rankings never change? Ask American University. Or Northwestern. Or Oberlin.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:47 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Finance, Liberal Arts, Rankings | Tags:  American University, College of William and Mary

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Guest post: 10 challenges for college presidents in 2011-12

Lipscomb President L, Randolph Lowry says college leaders should embrace the “new normal”.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:13 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Facilities, Finance, Public policy

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Families spent less on college this year, survey finds

Wealthy families increasingly choose community colleges, Sallie Mae survey finds.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:06 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Community Colleges, Finance

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 08/17/2011

StraighterLine survey shows student satisfaction

Students reported they were more satisfied with StraighterLine than with any other form of higher education they had attempted.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:43 AM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Online, Research | Tags:  StraighterLine

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 08/16/2011

International admissions up in U.S. grad schools

Surge reaffirms strength of U.S. institutions in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:21 AM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Finance, Graduate education, Public policy, Research

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 08/12/2011

SmartMoney college rankings gauge ‘value’ of public, private schools

A SmartMoney analysis comparing future earnings to tuition cost finds public universities are a better investment

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:24 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Rankings | Tags:  University of Virginia, University of Richmond

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Prairie View A&M president to teach largest class on campus to aide budget crunch

Leader of Prairie View A&M University takes on a 300-student lecture class as a way to pitch in amid budget cuts.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:33 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Pedagogy

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Guest post: ‘A resounding yes’ to the degree in three

Three-year bachelor degrees are not for everyone. But they could bring efficiency to the academy and save students a load of money, our guest blogger reckons.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Public policy, Pedagogy

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 07/12/2011

St. Mary’s College defends its tuition

Maryland’s public liberal arts college charges more than any other state university in the region, but less than its liberal-arts peers.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:56 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  St. Mary's College of Maryland

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 07/11/2011

The 12 best college financial aid policies

Several dozen colleges have pledged to replace loans with grants in aid awards. Here are some of the best deals, according to aid experts.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:56 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Maryland immigrant tuition bill goes to voters

One grass-roots campaign appears to have stalled another, and Maryland’s version of the DREAM Act may be blocked.

By Daniel de Vise  |  06:06 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Finance, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 07/03/2011

The bottom line: which top universities have the highest net price?

Most of the top private national universities charge around $50,000 a year in tuition, fees and living expenses. What the average student actually pays is another story.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:38 PM ET, 07/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Access, Finance, Rankings, Privates | Tags:  Catholic University

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/26/2011

Left of the dial: College radio days

Memories of WESU Middletown, circa 1986.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Students

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Report: Only five colleges properly serve needy students

Report finds only five schools that serve large numbers of low-income students, charge them reasonable prices and graduate more than half their charges.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy, Research | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Student aid rising faster than tuition

Tuition is up 4.6 percent at private colleges, according to industry survey, but aid is up 7 percent.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:11 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance, Privates

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 06/22/2011

GWU President Knapp cracks $1 million in compensation

GWU President Steven Knapp looks to be the first college leader in the area to earn $1 million in total compensation

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:38 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance | Tags:  American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Three-year degrees: A closer look

Here are some details on how three-year programs actually work -- entry standards, participation numbers and pedagogical fine print.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:05 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Finance | Tags:  three-year degree, American University

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Report: D.C. universities contribute $11.3 billion to local economy

Local institutions represent nearly 3 percent of the D.C. economy and are the region’s largest private employer.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Marketing, Public policy, Research

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Merit aid can ease college sticker shock

Colleges offer so much aid today that the average student pays just 58 cents on the dollar of published tuition and fees.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:50 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Admissions, Finance, Marketing | Tags:  financial aid

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Study: Public universities leaner now than in 2001

Public institutions employed 21 staff members per 100 students in the 2009-10 academic year, down from 23 in 2001-02

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:49 PM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Labor, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  college finance, college staffing

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Study: One-fifth of faculty does most of the work

If the other 80 percent worked as hard as the most productive 20 percent, tuition at the University of Texas could be cut in half, the study suggests.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance, Labor, Pedagogy, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  faculty, Center for College Affordibility and Productivity

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Tuition discounting hits record high

The average student now pays 58 cents on the dollar of published college tuition.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:12 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Research | Tags:  NACUBO, financial aid

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 05/11/2011

O’Malley restores merit grants to 350 seniors

The students found out in recent days that their $3,000 Distinguished Scholar grants had been yanked.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:46 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Maryland higher education, student aid

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Among local universities, Georgetown pays best

AU, GWU rank second and third in average annual salary for full professors, according to industry survey.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:30 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Labor, Pedagogy | Tags:  college faculty

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Dating site connects alumni — and donations

At AlumniDate, 10 percent of your membership fee goes to your former college.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:56 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Development, Finance, Students | Tags:  alumni, fund-raising, development

Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Audit finds lax travel rules at UDC

An internal audit requested by the UDC board finds that the board itself didn’t monitor travel expenses of President Allen Sessoms.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:41 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance | Tags:  University of the District of Columbia, finance, trustees

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Pell cuts would come late in the admissions game

Cuts to the federal aid program come after big state schools have already told students how much aid to expect.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  student aid, Pell grants, public policy

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Public university presidents aren’t the academy’s top earners

Who earns more? Several private university presidents. And a smattering of coaches, med-school officers and CFOs.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Athletics, Finance, Publics | Tags:  University of Maryland, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Mc­Don­nell pledges funds to repair U-Va. Rotunda

Virgina’s governor pledges $2 million to begin repairs on the Thomas Jefferson-designed U-Va. Rotunda, after the General Assembly passed it over.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  University of Virginia

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Cal State's Reed: Don't cut Pell grant program

California State University broke with years of tradition in the 2008 downturn by adopting competitive admissions. For the first time in a long time, California students in the top third of their classes with B averages weren't guaranteed admission. Since...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Admissions, Aid, Attainment, Community Colleges, Finance, For-profit colleges, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  Cal State University, California higher education, Charles Reed CSU, Pell grants, higher education cuts

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Fixing higher ed: U-Va. and U-Md. weigh in

In an article published last week in The Washington Post Magazine, I offered eight suggestions to "fix" higher education. After reading the article, you can rank the ideas in a poll, which you will find farther down on this blog....

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Aid, Athletics, Attainment, Development, Finance, Labor, Research, Technology | Tags:  UMD fixing higher ed, UVA fixing higher ed, fixing higher education, higher education reform, washington post fixing higher education

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Divorced parents contribute less toward college

A new study by researchers from Rice University and the University of Wisconsin finds that divorced and separated parents contribute much less toward the costs of their children's education than married parents.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:13 PM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance | Tags:  Journal of Family Issues divorce study, children of divorce pay more college costs, divorced parents pay fewer college costs, study on divorced parents paying for college

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 12/02/2010

25 ways to reduce the cost of college

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity has been periodically releasing bits and pieces of what will be a book-length compendium of 25 proposals to reduce the cost of college. Much of it is now available online. I guess the...

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:35 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance, Finance | Tags:  25 ways to reduce the cost of college, Center for College Affordability and Productivity, college costs, college finance, higher education costs

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/03/2010

College endowments recovered in fiscal 2010

College endowments earned 12.6 percent on average in the fiscal year that ended in June, a good year by any measure and a vast improvement over fiscal 2009. Endowments lost more value in fiscal 2009 than in any prior year...

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Finance | Tags:  College endowments, university endowments

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 11/02/2010

The 20 most expensive dorms

Parents complain about rising tuition, but that's only the largest component of a significantly larger "comprehensive" fee to attend a residential college.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:53 PM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Finance | Tags:  AU, American University, GWU, Georgetown, Hopkins, JHU, most expensive colleges, most expensive dorms, most expensive tuition, most expensive universities

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 10/20/2010

Most expensive colleges: GU, GWU getting cheaper?

The latest edition of CampusGrotto's tally of most expensive colleges is out. It's trivial, I guess, but oddly addictive. Colleges presumably go to great lengths to avoid being at the top of this list, which members of the news media...

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:10 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Finance, Finance | Tags:  GWU, Georgetown, highest tuition, most expensive colleges, most expensive universities

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 09/14/2010

Georgetown announces largest gift in history

Georgetown University today announced the largest donation in its history, valued at $87 million, to support medical research. From the release: "The gift originated in a $1.2 million charitable trust established by the will of the late Harry J. Toulmin...

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:09 PM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance | Tags:  Georgetown $87 million donation, Georgetown University donation, Georgetown gift

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 09/09/2010

Is college worth the money?

In a newly published article, my colleague Sarah Kaufman asks whether a $200,000 college education is a good investment. The article suggests that students might try diving into a business venture out of high school rather than enroll in a...

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:22 PM ET, 09/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance | Tags:  15 colleges worth the money, is college a good investment

Posted at 01:01 AM ET, 01/28/2010

Local endowments depleted in '09

College endowments nationwide lost more of their value in fiscal year 2009 than in any prior year since the Great Depression, as we learned today from the annual survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and...

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:01 AM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Finance, Finance, Finance | Tags:  college finance, endowments, rankings