Introduction: The American Higher Education Problem.- Introduction: The American Higher Education Problem.- Evaluating and Debating Causes.- Financial Aid in Theory and Practice.- Price Discrimination and Rising Costs: Is There Any Relationship?.- Cost Inflation in Intercollegiate Athletics: And Some Modest Proposals for Controlling It.- The Academics-Athletics Trade-Off: Universities and Intercollegiate Athletics.- Is For-Profit Education the Solution?.- For-Profit Education in the USA: A Primer.- A Market-Funded College's Approach to Student Learning and Job Placement: An Insider's View.- The Economics of For-Profit Education.- Opportunities for Reform.- Getting It Right: Where University Systems Lose Information in Designing Programs.- Managing the Internal Organization of Colleges and Universities.- Privatize It: Outsourcing and Privatization in Higher Education.- Improving Higher Education Using the Principles of Market-Based Management®.- A Tale of Two Partners: How Specialization and Division of Labor Are Reshaping the Academy.
This volume contains a collection of papers by economists which examine the various strategies for cutting costs and improving productivity in higher education in the United States. The dramatic increase in the cost of attending most colleges and universities in recent years has led to increasing concerns regarding college affordability. In addition, with nearly 35 percent of full-time college students failing to receive a bachelor's degree within six years of enrolling in an institution of higher education, the productivity of colleges and universities has also been called into question. Systematic reform of higher education has intensified as a result of the large amount of public and private dollars flowing into it.
The chapters in this volume, while recognizing it may be the primary source of the problem, also understand that the political forces behind the subsidization of higher education are unlikely to wane. The contributors examine several areas of possible reform from an economic perspective, including financial aid systems, athletics, and the organization of universities and university systems with an emphasis on identifying the types of reforms that are most likely to result in improvements as well as those that may make things worse. This volume will be of interest to economists, education researchers and policymakers concerned with education reform.
Assembles contributions from prominent economists studying higher education
Identifies reforms in higher education that are likely to be successful in cutting costs or improving productivity and those which are detrimental
Works within the binding constraint of the existing structure of federal and state financing in higher education
Focuses on higher education in the United States but with applications that will be of interest globally