Now you can read our full 10-part series exploring the causes and consequences of skyrocketing costs in higher education.
Increase federal funding. Make it accountable. And make sure we actually know what we're doing.
The evidence on online courses is quite promising. But there's a lot that needs to be worked out before they replace traditional colleges.
Colleges need to enroll a lot of rich kids to pay for poor kids' financial aid. And what they do to attract those rich kids makes everything more expensive.
According to former education secretary Bill Bennett's theory, schools just respond to federal aid by jacking up tuition. It's not that simple.
According to the "Bowen Hypothesis," the structure of the modern college and university lends itself to never-ending growth.
The Baumol cost disease is many economists' favored explanation for why college is getting more expensive. But it doesn't hold up under scrutiny.
For most public schools, the whole story is that states have pulled support. For research universities, however, there's more going on.
There's no one story for what's going on with rising tuition. There are three, each with their own nuances.
The chorus of college skeptics just keeps growing louder. Too bad they're all wrong.
The first in a ten part series of articles examining how college grew to cost so much money.