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The Delta Project Moves On

The Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity and Accountability (http://www.deltacostproject.org/) was created in 2007 to provide synthesized information regarding costs in higher education. From 2012, that work will be done by the National Center for Higher Education and the non-profit American Institutes for Research. Lederman, Doug, "The Delta Project Moves On", Inside Higher Ed, November 29, 2011 Read article »

House Subcommittee Seeks More Ways to Shrink College Costs

Several college presidents present ideas for cost reduction in higher education to the U.S. House of Representatives' subcommittee on higher-education policy. 3 year degrees, elimination of some administration, certification rather than credits for degrees were discussed. Eaton, Collin, "House Subcommittee Seeks More Ways to Shrink College Costs", Chronicle of Higher Education, November 29, 2011 Read article »

Official Calls for Urgency on College Costs

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attempts to launch a "national conversation" on higher education costs and highlights some innovative practices. Lewin, Tamar, "Official Calls for Urgency on College Costs", New York Times, November 29, 2011. Read article »

Our Universities: Why are they Failing?

Mr Grafton attempts to explain both the substructure of the university system that has become so troubled, but also the criticism of that structure. He is, especially in this article, a meta-critic, and discusses a number of books about Higher Education rather than attacking Higher Education proper. Mr. Grafton believes that higher education criticism attacks the wrong aspects, and comes from the wrong angles. He tries, here, to expose criticism for what it is, and suggests how it could be improved. Anthony Grafton. "Our Universities: Why are they Failing?", New York Review of Books, Nov 24th 2011. Read article »

Taxes Not Death, for Humanities

Tuition revenue for humanities is lower than other fields, according to a study that examines baccalaureate and research institutions, both public and private, using data from 1988 to 2008. Murphy, Elizabeth, "Taxes Not Death, for Humanities", Inside Higher Ed, November 18, 2011. Read article »

N.H. students graduate with most debt in U.S.

The Project on Student debt reports Dartmouth graduate debt is at the lower end of the spectrum for NH. Virginia Hazen comments on the numbers and Dartmouth's efforts to limit student debt burden. Pauly, Madison, "N.H. students graduate with most debt in U.S.", The Dartmouth, November 10, 2011. Read article »

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