Series Archives: Cost of College

Forget About MOOCs – What’s an Actual College Diploma Worth?

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Cost of College Over the last couple of Monday’s I’ve started to address what my Degree of Freedom project might mean for students and parents trying to figure out what’s next for them as they think about applying, selecting and shelling out thousands for college. […]

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So What Actually is a “Degree”?

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Cost of College Returning to that continued Monday discussion of what new free learning tools might mean to students and parents staring down six-figure tuition bills (which allegedly buy a ticket to a better life), I read a story last week that clarifies why conversations […]

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What’s the Most College Should Cost?

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Cost of College In last week’s newsletter, I discussed some of the $10,000 BA programs that emerged after Texas Governor Rick Perry challenged the state’s college systems to come up with options that would allow students to graduate with a degree at that price point. […]

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The Cost of College – Intangibles

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Cost of CollegeA couple of weeks back, I calculated that if the price of college had risen as fast as housing (another market that has significantly outpaced inflation over the last 40-50 years), the cost for a year at even the best school should be […]

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Does College Cost Negative $500,000?

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Cost of CollegeWhenever you take on the issue of the escalating cost of college, a frequent response is that the price of higher education is well worth it when you take into account the increased lifetime earning power college grads have over those who only […]

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Itemizing the Cost of College

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Cost of CollegeIn case you’re wondering what my Monday musings on the cost of college have to do with MOOCs and free learning, while I realized quite early that pre-backlash fantasies of MOOCs replacing traditional residential college programs were not realistic, this does not eliminate […]

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Why is the Cost of College What it Is?

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Cost of CollegeOver the last few months, Monday postings have been dedicated to the cost of college, one of the driving forces behind the initial enthusiasm for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a potential replacement for a residential college experience that continues to be […]

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Tuition Discounting – Does Anyone Pay Sticker Price?

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Cost of College A review of the book Why Does College Cost So Much? talked about one factor for the rapid rise of college tuition (cost disease). But today, I’d like to look at another factor the author’s take on: the practice of tuition discounting. […]

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Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis and the Cost of College

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Cost of CollegeOver the last two weeks, I talked about two competing theories regarding why the cost of college has risen faster than any other product or service. One theory, summed up in William Bennett’s Is College Worth It?, lays blame for this hyper-inflation on […]

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Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis and the Cost of College – Continued

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Cost of College

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Cost of CollegeLast week, I began an attempt to reconcile two competing theories over why college costs as much as it does. One theory (the “Bennett Hypothesis”) holds that schools are responsible for the ever-inflating cost of tuition due to their readiness to suck up […]

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