13 octobre 2013

Rising health care costs hurting higher ed funding

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRGnGrALZfU7SwG8hin71HeOsqHOMe-7U2f_6XcluwZvxslyfwi4UXfHgBy Sam R. Hall. Over the past few months, a number of university presidents have sat down with our editorial board to discuss what their institutions are doing and the challenges facing them.
Most of the discussions inevitably turn to funding, which is clearly the biggest challenge facing our public colleges and universities.
Consider these stats for funding from 2000-2013:
• The state budget has increased 37 percent since 2000 but declined 4 percent since 2008.
• Higher education, not including community and junior colleges, funding has dropped 7 percent since 2000 and 15 percent since 2008.
• Community and junior college funding has increased 43 percent since 2000 and remained flat since 2008.
• Public education funding has increased 49 percent since 2000 but dropped 9 percent since 2008. More...

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New app calculates the true costs of college

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn2/276446_38925837299_1534580138_q.jpgBy Renee Schoof. A new online app called College Abacus is making it easier for students and their families to get estimates in advance of how much financial aid colleges and universities will give so that they can compare schools for costs.
It comes at an opportune time, since the shutdown of many government programs because of the political standoff over the federal budget has disabled College Navigator, a tool also designed to help families figure out college costs and operated by the Department of Education. Read more...

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12 octobre 2013

Grandparents step in to help students cover their costs

The Guardian homeBy Charities fear increased university fees are putting a heavy burden on elderly relatives. Grandparents believe that in the future they will have to help out financially with their family's university education, a report conducted by think-tank International Longevity Centre-UK has found. Read more...

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02 octobre 2013

Has the Cost of College Reached a Tipping Point?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/headcount-newnameplate.gifBy Beckie Supiano. Toronto — Almost 150 colleges charged $50,000 or more in tuition, fees, room, and board in 2012-13. That one-year price is pretty darn close to the median household income in the United States. So has the cost of college reached a critical tipping point? Read more...

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15 septembre 2013

University costs have tripled over past 20 years, study suggests

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash1/1209871_7116517082_1187559142_q.jpgCanadian students hoping for some financial relief on the cost of their post-secondary education are in for a disappointment over the next few years, a prominent think tank suggests.
A report from the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives forecasts the inflation-adjusted cost of an undergraduate university degree is expected to climb an average of 8.6 per cent over the next four years, extending a trend that has seen the price tag triple over the past two decades. Read more...

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10 septembre 2013

En finir avec l’hypocrisie des coûts de la rentrée universitaire

http://jeanlucvayssiere.fr/wp-content/themes/gray-white-black/images/jlv.jpgBlog Educpros de Jean-Luc Vayssière. Cette rentrée a été l’occasion de la publication par deux syndicats étudiants (UNEF et FAGE) de données particulièrement intéressantes sur l’augmentation du coût de la rentrée pour les étudiants. On ne peut qu’être préoccupé par la difficulté bien réelle qu’ont beaucoup d’étudiants, a fortiori en période de crise, à financer leurs études. Comme le montre le travail effectué par les syndicats étudiants, la santé est un sujet particulièrement sensible, et le problème du logement, dans un contexte de renchérissement du parc locatif, est devenu crucial. A cet égard, la faiblesse du logement étudiant, en particulier en région parisienne, est un défaut emblématique de la crise de l’université française. Dans le cas de l’UVSQ, nous avons pu constater lors de l’enquête menée auprès des étudiants en avril dernier que la question du logement venait au premier rang des préoccupations, et constituait un véritable frein à notre attractivité nationale et internationale. Suite...

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07 septembre 2013

Will a university degree cost a second mortgage under Abbott?

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_e7e2a056b6c5e8722188bac5fbb3550f_w80_.jpgBy Jeannie Rea. “The real reason for Tony Abbott’s silence on university funding in this election is because he does not want to reveal his real agenda – to increase the cost of going to universities for Australian students and their families,” Jeannie Rea, National President NTEU said today.
“In the absence of any definitive policy announcements on funding, the Australian public can only work out the Coalition’s higher education policy from its track record and the few recent statements.
“If, as the Coalition has said on numerous occasions, our public universities are grossly underfunded but that the government is not in a position to boost its investment, then the only conclusion you can draw is that students will have to pay more under an Abbott government.”
Rea said that voters need to remember that one of the first policy announcements of the Howard government when elected in 1996 was to slash university operating grants by five percent and double average HECS fees through the introduction of a three-tier HECS. More...

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01 septembre 2013

College Costs Surge 500% in U.S. Since 1985: Chart of the Day

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcROuqewzhNahq0xBEGDLJiX8kEtjRND6fs5k3SCAbPK8s2KlvoePp4y14qxThe cost of higher education has surged more than 500 percent since 1985, illustrating why there have been renewed calls for change from both political parties.
The CHART OF THE DAY shows that tuition expenses have increased 538 percent in the 28-year period, compared with a 286 percent jump in medical costs and a 121 percent gain in the consumer price index. The ballooning charges have generated swelling demand for educational loans while threatening to make college unaffordable for domestic and international students. More...

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Righting The Ship On Higher Education Costs

http://i.forbesimg.com/assets/img/forbes_logo/forbes_logo_white.pngBy Tom Katsouleas, Dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. President Obama announced last week an initiative to lower the cost of college for the middle class.  He is on the right topic.  Higher education, America’s flagship of international leadership, is a proud vessel in need of attention.  I just hope he won’t replace the rudder without patching the leaks.
The cost of higher education as measured by private and public tuition has indeed risen at rates higher than inflation, roughly 4% per year for non-profit private tuition.  And Obama is rightly focused on the middle class — incomes for upper income brackets have risen faster than the rate of tuition, so that for those groups the cost of tuition as a fraction of household income has actually come down. More...

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26 août 2013

Coût des études supérieures : les étudiants français ont-ils raison de se plaindre ?

http://www.desideespourdemain.fr/themes/desideespourdemain/imgs/logoim.pngInterview de Laurent Bigorgne, directeur de l'Institut Montaigne, parue sur Challenges.fr le 23 août 2013.
La rentrée approche et comme chaque année, plusieurs associations et syndicats en profitent pour dénoncer le renchérissement de son coût. Comme Famille de France qui estime que la rentrée scolaire va coûter 1,4% de plus que l'année dernière pour un enfant entrant au collège (environ 185 euros). Pour les étudiants, le retour sur les bancs de l'université est encore plus cher puisque selon l'un des principaux syndicats étudiants, la Fage, la rentrée universitaire coûtera 2.481 euros en moyenne, soit 2% de plus qu'en 2012-2013. 
Pour sa part, l'Unef a calculé qu'une année à l'université coûtait entre 10.500 et 15.500 euros à un étudiant. Car même si les frais d'inscription à la fac sont quasiment gratuits (hors frais exceptionnels appliqués au cas par cas selon les universités comme l'Unef le dénonce également chaque année), se loger, se nourrir, acheter un ordinateur ou des livres et même sortir (c'est quand même normal quand on est étudiant) est onéreux. "Ce n'est pas très cher", temporise de son côté Laurent Bigorgne, le directeur de l'Institut Montaigne, un think tank classé comme libéral et financé exclusivement par des entreprises. "Les étudiants n'apportent que 2% du budget des universités", rappelle-t-il.
Lire l'intégralité de l'interview.

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