June 2010

  • College: Why Pay Sticker Price?

    Barry Lenson

    You wouldn’t walk into a car showroom and hand a salesman a check for the price that appears on a window sticker, would you? Probably not. Few people do. But the fact is, most people “buy” their college educations in just that way. They look at a college’s official tuition and decide whether they can afford it or not. That’s the story reported in “On Sticker Prices and `Wishful Thinking,’” a recent article by Eric Hoover in the Chronicle of Higher Education. According to Hoover, few people realize that they can pay less than sticker. We’d urge you to read the article, which reveals some surprising information about the way people shop for higher education: Almost nobody bargains. According to a recent surve ...

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  • Summer School Is Hotter than Ever This Year

    Barry Lenson

      “School's (Not) Out for Summer,” an article just published on Inside Higher Ed, reports that enrollment at American public colleges and universities is booming this summer. Here’s a glimpse at what’s happening in summer sessions . . . University of Texas Dallas – Enrollment is up 5.3 percent this year, to 6,751 students. University of Missouri St. Louis – Up 4.6 percent, to 5,012 students. Eastern Michigan University – Up 7.8 percent, to 5,775 students. And similar growth is happening at the University of Central Florida, the University of California (Berkeley), Boise State University, The Community College of Vermont and other institutions. Why the boom? Jennifer Epstein, author of the Insid ...

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