In the News: Higher Tuition Doesn’t Improve Achievement

A new report questions whether increased tuition expenses at colleges and universities translate into higher student achievement. Although schools say they are raising rates to ensure quality education, most of the revenue generated is not spent on instructional costs, according to the Delta Cost Project, a Washington-based nonprofit. The money is instead invested in other operating expenses such as research, public outreach and financial aid. While tuition rates continue to rise, the United States achieves only 54 percent degree completion, substantially lower than the international average among industrialized nations, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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