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Straight Talk about College Costs and Prices

The Final Report and Supplemental Material from the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education

American Council on Education

This book details the findings and recommendations proposed by The National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education, a Congressional commission appointed to make proposals aimed at controlling the cost of higher education. These recommendations call for action by Congress, by institutions of higher education, by state and local governments, and by American families. Grouped into five categories, these goals propose: greater institutional cost control and productivity, improved institutional accountability to the general public, new Government approaches to academic regulation, well-coordinated and efficient accrediting processes that relate institutional productivity to effectiveness in learning, and for Congress to continue the existing student aid programs and simplify and improve the financial aid delivery system. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Amer Council Ed Ac1 (Pre Acq)
Pages: 336Size: 8 3/4 x 11
978-1-57356-225-6 • Paperback • March 1998 • $39.00 • (£24.95)
Subjects: Education / Higher
A publication of the Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI) of the American Council on Education's Center for Adult Learning and Educational Credentials.
Chapter 1 Letter of Transmittal by William E. Troutt and Barry Munitz
Chapter 2 Straight Talk About College Costs and Prices
Chapter 3 Cost and Price Drivers in Higher Education
Chapter 4 Convictions and Recommendations
Chapter 5 A Word to Students and Families
This important book, which gathers in one place a wide array of statistics and analytical information about the finances of higher education, is highly recommended as a benchmark that will be referred to continuously as years pass.

Pages are chock-full of instructive financial data. The commission did an incredible job in addressing the concern of the rising cost of higher education in the nation ... a remarkably fine document. It is clear and wonderfully short, and lays out excellent ground rules.
University Business