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President to President
Molly Corbett Broad's weekly email newsletter to higher education leaders.

President to President, June 29, 2011

Vol. 12, No. 24

SPECIAL EDITION: NCES College Cost Lists Go Public June 30

I wanted to let you know the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) "College Affordability and Transparency Lists" are now available for preview and will be made available to the media and the public tomorrow, June 30.

Your representative who serves as the campus "keyholder" for the NCES's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) should have received an email yesterday with instructions for accessing the lists, which are posted on the College Navigator website. NCES is requesting keyholders not share the information with the media or others outside their institutions.

As you might remember, these lists were mandated in 2008 by the Higher Education Opportunity Act. They seek to focus attention on institutions with rapid tuition increases and give families more information about the actual price they are likely to pay.

There are six lists to contend with, broken down by nine different institution types:

1. The top 5 percent of the most expensive institutions in terms of tuition and fees in the most recent preceding academic year for which data is available.

2. The top 5 percent of the most expensive institutions in terms of net price in the previous academic year.

3. The top 5 percent of institutions with the largest percentage change in tuition and fees over the three previous academic years.

4. The top 5 percent of institutions with the largest percentage change in net price over the three previous academic years.

5. The 10 percent of institutions with the lowest tuition and fees in the previous academic year.

6. The 10 percent of institutions with the lowest net price in the previous academic year.

The 2011 lists are based on data from the 2009-10 IPEDS collection cycle, which institutions have had the opportunity to review and correct if necessary. NCES advises no additional revisions will be accepted.

Institutions on lists three and four will be required to provide reports to the secretary of education explaining the price increases and identifying steps to reduce them in the future. This information will be summarized in an annual report to Congress and published on College Navigator.

Molly Corbett Broad
President of ACE