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Up Front Spring 2014



Wake Up and Smell the Irony

A national poll found that a plurality of four-year college and university students believe that the institutions themselves are most responsible for the rising amount of student debt in the United States. The poll, by the Harvard University Institute of Politics, found that 42 percent of students believe that institutions are most to blame. Only 30 percent believe the federal government is most to blame, followed far behind by state governments, which only nine percent of students blame.

Getting Better All the Time

In-state tuition and fee growth at public four-year colleges and universities for the 2013–14 academic year slowed to levels not seen since the 2008–09 academic year, according to a national survey by The College Board. The average tuition at such institutions was $8,893—up only 0.9 percent from the previous year, when adjusted for inflation.

Say No More, Professor

A study published in Communication Education, a journal of the National Communication Association, reveals that students view professors as more credible when they disclose less personal information to their classes. The study surveyed 438 undergraduates at a southeastern university and compared teaching styles to students’ classroom behaviors.

(Not) Following the Data

Most adults considering enrolling in a postsecondary degree program get the majority of their information about colleges and universities from billboard and television advertisements, and from people they know. According to a report from Public Agenda called Is College Worth It for Me? How Adults Without Degrees Think About Going (Back) to School, only 18 percent of the 803 prospective students between 18 and 55 years old who were surveyed used an online tool to compare institutions by cost, graduation rate, average time to degree, and other factors.