Perspectives

2013

Written by Andrew Gillen of the Delta Cost Project, this blog entry provides an update on net tuition, incorporating new data from the 2011–12 school year. 

This blog appeared in the New York Times Opinion pages and presents the debate that many college students have—whether to live on or off campus. 

Written by Rita Kirshstein of the Delta Cost Project, this blog entry provides insight into the education of first generation college students and the support needed for students to be successful.

2012

Written by Rita Kirshstein of the Delta Cost Project and Jane Wellman, the Founding Director of the Delta Cost Project and now the Executive Director of the National Association of System Heads, this piece (originally appearing in a September–October 2012 edition of EDUCAUSE Review) covers common misconceptions about higher education costs and costs structures and the need for educated budget and spending decisions.

This short perspective examines the college affordability discussions of today and how they differ from the affordability concerns of past generations.

High-end amenities like rock-climbing walls on college campuses have become an easy target for those attempting to explain rising tuitions. This Delta Perspective looks beyond the media attention surrounding these frills in order to examine more serious questions about spending on campus facilities, college spending in general, and the real drivers of rising tuitions.