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Tuition rising : why college costs so much
Ehrenberg, Ronald G.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2000.
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x, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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America's elite colleges and universities are the best in the world. They are also the most expensive, with tuition rising faster than the rate of inflation over the past 30 years and no indication that this trend will abate.

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Unlike businesses, which strive to keep costs at a minimum, universities must spend to make themselves as attractive as possible to their constituents. Ehrenberg, a senior administrator and professor of economics at Cornell University, examines the factors influencing the spiraling tuition costs of the past decade: the need to spend money to have the best facilities, faculties, and learning tools in order to attract the best and brightest students, the need to spend for athletics and other programs to keep alumni support strong, the self-governing nature of university faculty, and the increasing pressure to spend in order to increase ratings in external publications. Observes Ehrenberg, "As long as lengthy lines of highly qualified applicants keep knocking at its doorno institution has a strong incentive to unilaterally end the spending race." This highly readable examination of the American higher education system is an excellent addition to any public or academic library.DMark Bay, Univ. of Houston Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

I Setting the Stage
1 Why Do Costs Keep Rising at Selective Private Colleges and Universities?
2 Who Is in Charge of the University?
II Wealth and the Quest for Prestige
3 Endowment Policies, Development Policies, and the Color of Money
4 Undergraduate and Graduate Program Rankings
5 Admissions and Financial Aid Policies
III The Primacy of Science Over Economics
6 Why Relative Prices Don't Matter
7 Staying on the Cutting Edge in Science
IV The Faculty
8 Salaries
9 Tenure and the End of Mandatory Retirement
V Space
10 Deferred Maintenance, Space Planning, and Imperfect Information
11 The Costs of Space
VI Academic and Administrative Issues
12 Internal Transfer Prices
13 Enrollment Management
14 Information Technology, Libraries, and Distance Learning
VII The Nonacademic Infrastructure
15 Parking and Transportation
16 Cooling Systems
VIII Student Life
17 Intercollegiate Athletics and Gender Equity
18 Dining and Housing
IX Conclusion
19 Looking to the Future
20 A Final Thought
Defined Benefit and Defined
Contribution Retirement Plans