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Highlights from Higher Ed: TOPS and Tuition Increases

RJ Nichol
Mar 30, 2018

70%

That’s the percentage of 5,000 surveyed students who went to college websites primarily for information about majors and minors. Only 19% of these students most wanted to see information on a school’s ranking or reputation, and only 31% most wanted to see information on cost.

Source: EAB

1, 597

That’s how many two- and four-year institutions were included in a study on the link between tuition increases and decreased student diversity. The study found that, while there is a link in some cases, in others, increased tuition can actually mean increased diversity.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

50,000 

That’s approximately how many students in Louisiana use the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) stipend each year. TOPS helps to pay in-state tuition for any student who earns a 2.5 GPA and an ACT score of 20. Some of the recipients are low income, marginalized students, but most of them are now white and from wealthy families. With budget cuts looming, the unsustainable program may now be on the chopping block.

Source: The Hechinger Report

10-15% 

That’s how many members of the Council of Independent Colleges are considered “financially vulnerable” according to a new report. The report contains case studies from some of the group’s 700-odd members who have altered or expanded their offerings or structures to increase revenue, cut costs or otherwise strengthen their financial positions.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

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