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Why Pay for Intro Textbooks?

Rice University launches OpenStax – an open source textbook publisher funded by the Gates foundation – to reduce textbook costs. Smith, Mitch, "Why Pay for Intro Textbooks?" Inside Higher Ed, February 7, 2012. Read article »

Gaming the College Rankings

Recurring instances of false or misleading data designed to bolster institutional rankings provoke cynicism and the acknowledgement that the rankings are used for unintended purposes. Perez-Pena, Richard and Slotnik, Daniel E., "Gaming the College Rankings", New York Times, January 31, 2012 Read article »

College Officials Welcome Obama’s Focus on Higher-Education Costs, but Raise Some Concerns

President Obama continues a theme of making effective and affordable higher education a national priority. Responses from higher education leaders vary from political to pragmatic. Blumenstyk, Goldie, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2012 Read article »

Pep Talks and Pain Points

A framework for thinking about the strategic and economic value of programs was presented at the Council of Independent Colleges Presidents Institute by Jane Wellman of the Delta Project and Richard Staisloff of the RPK Group. Lederman, Doug, "Pep Talks and Pain Points", Inside Higher Ed, January 6, 2012. Read article »

Business Schools Pay Dues

On broad look at the fees and costs for different schools indicates that liberal arts and business programs tend to subsidize other professional programs which require smaller class sizes and technical materials or equipment. Also, that business schools obtain the most "profit" from non-degree programs such as executive education. Korn, Melissa, "Business Schools Pay Dues—and Then Some", Wall Street Journal online, January 5, 2011. Read article »

How Art History Majors Power the U.S. Economy

Labor markets in a complex and diverse economy require a broad range of aptitudes and preferences. Public support for higher education programs should not be limited to the vocations that are lucrative today. Postrel, Virginia, "How Art History Majors Power the U.S. Economy", Bloomberg.com, January 5, 2012 Read article »

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