College Choices and Consequences
As the academic year begins, students, parents, instructors, and administrators face difficult choices with long-term consequences. What should I study to make the most of my investment? How will I pay for it? For colleges, how can we manage growing costs and shifting attitudes? Recent work sheds light on some of these questions.
What you study, and which school you choose, can have a significant impact on earnings after graduation.
- A look at the earnings of recent graduates across several states and types of degrees
- AIR's Dr. Mark Schneider and Money Magazine assess which colleges provide the most value during college and after graduation
Who pays the bill?
- College subsidies have dropped: Students Pay at Least Half of Their Education Cost for the First Time
- More of the burden of the cost of education is shifting to students and their families: Families Carry Heavier Tuition Load as Funding Falls
- How much are students paying, and what does it cost an institution, to produce STEM graduates? The Price and Cost of Science Degrees Series
As tuition rises, are colleges spending wisely?
- AIR expert Donna Desrochers poses the question: Is Rampant College Spending Behind Skyrocketing Tuition Bills? Or Not?
- AIR expert Rita Kirshstein weighs in with Think Again: Administrators Ate My Tuition! Really?
- Colleges' cost-savings efforts are highlighted in Colleges Trim Costs by Hiring Part-Time Faculty But Savings Undercut by Increases in Benefits Costs and Hiring of Non-Instructional Staff
- Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive? Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education