Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tuition Rises at Historically Low Rate



OCTOBER 27, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Tuition Rises at Historically Low Rate

by Emma Whitford, InsideHigherEd.com

"Scrambling to attract and retain students in the middle of a historic health crisis, many colleges across the country froze or lowered tuition and fees for the current 2020-21 academic year.

The average sticker price nonetheless increased across public and private, two-year and four-year institutions. But the increases were historically low, according to the College Board’s latest Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid report, released today.

Average public, four-year, in-state tuition rates, as well as average tuition rates at private, nonprofit four-year institutions, saw their lowest percentage increases in 30 years before adjusting for inflation, said Jennifer Ma, senior policy research scientist at the College Board and co-author of the report."

>> Situational Awareness: "Average published in-district tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year at public, two-year colleges is $3,770, which is $70 higher than in 2019-20. The average public, four-year in-state rate is $10,560 this academic year, $120 higher than in 2019-20. For out-of-state students, average tuition and fees came in at $27,020, a $250 jump from last academic year. At private nonprofit four-year colleges, the average listed tuition and fees total $37,650, a more than $700 increase from the previous year."

>> Reality Check: "Beth Akers, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has argued that college pricing is not transparent in the same way as is pricing for most goods and services. This allows institutions to routinely increase their prices and face few penalties from the consumer. True comparison shopping is virtually impossible."

>> Of Note: "The vast majority of students don’t pay the full sticker price. The College Board’s report includes data from recent years showing how much financial aid went to students that year and what average net prices -- the difference between published prices and average grant aid -- students actually paid."

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2.  Carthage Receives $1M for Sports Mgmt

by Lauren Anderson, Milwaukee Business Journal

"Johnson Outdoors chairman and chief executive officer Helen Johnson-Leipold and her husband, National Hockey League team owner Craig Leipold, have pledged $1 million to Carthage College’s sports management offerings.

The gift will support the college’s sports management track in its Master of Science in Business program, which launched its first cohort this fall.

The funds will be used to hire faculty and guest lecturers, award student scholarships, establish industry partnerships, augment experiential learning opportunities and develop distinctive programming, the college said.

Carthage will also use the gift to expand its undergraduate offerings that are related to the intersection of business and competitive athletics. The college noted that management is the second-most pursued major on campus and about one-third of Carthage students compete in 27 NCAA Division III sports."

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3.  Colby Opens $200M Facility

An interior shot of Colby’s new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center.
from Associated Press

A private liberal arts college with 2,155 students now has an athletics complex that might be the envy of some NCAA Division I universities.

Colby College has pressed forward with a $200 million athletic facility despite the pandemic and economic downturn.

The 350,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, which opened this week, will serve the community, as well as students. Ground was broken in October 2017 and was completed on time despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, officials said.

The center features an indoor track and field house with accommodations for pole vault, high jump, long jump, and shot put, along with tennis courts, a 42-foot climbing wall, and a trainer’s suite with hydrotherapy pools."

>> What They're Saying: “Whether it’s varsity sports or individual fitness initiatives, competitive or recreational athletics, an active and healthy lifestyle is a critical part of the student experience at Colby. The goal of the new facility is to support that experience at the highest level possible and provide the best resources available,” said Colby Athletics Director Mike Wisecup."


4.  Best of the Decade

About 10 months and 1,000 subscribers ago ... we closed the 2019 calendar year with a look back at the best of the decade. As we all await the resumption of regular-season and championship competition throughout Division III, we think it might be a good time to take a look back at the champions of the past 10 years.
We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and final four participants in field hockey.

Champions: Middlebury (4), Bowdoin (2), College of New Jersey (2), Messiah, Tufts

Runner-Up: Bowdoin (2), Messiah (2), Tufts (2), Franklin & Marshall, Middlebury, Montclair State, Salisbury

Final Four Appearances: Middlebury (6), Bowdoin (5), Salisbury (4), TCNJ (4), F&M (3), Messiah (3), Tufts (3), Ursinus (3), Johns Hopkins (2), Skidmore (2), Babson, Christopher Newport, DePauw, Mary Washington, Rowan

>> Tomorrow: Soccer


5.  Comings and Goings
6.  1 Recharge Thing

Looking yet again for an energy boost as the pandemic wears on? You’re not alone.

For many, a deep sense of weariness is setting in, caused by months of pent-up stress and the dread that winter and rising cases of COVID-19 will bring more disruption. Frustration and anxiety come from many sources, including economic hardship, conflicting attitudes toward social distancing and mask-wearing, difficulty balancing work and online schooling, breaks in rituals and traditions, and uncertainty over when a sense of normalcy will return. All contribute to mounting fatigue that makes recovery particularly difficult.

Now months into managing so many stressors, new approaches are needed for taking care of ourselves.

  1. Recognize it's OK to not be OK
  2. Create a challenge
  3. Think two years ahead
  4. Confront winter
  5. Don't diss Zoom

>> Continue Reading

courtesy of Wall Street Journal


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