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Tuition Rising: Why Colleges Cost So Much

reviewed by John Farago - 2003

coverTitle: Tuition Rising: Why Colleges Cost So Much
Author(s): Ronald Ehrenberg
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674009886, Pages: 322, Year: 2002
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Tuition Rising: Why Colleges Cost So Much is a tease.  Ronald Ehrenberg -- a noted labor economist, university administrator, and director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute -- lures the reader in, asking a most provocative question, and then proceeds to respond, rather engagingly and comprehensively, to a series of far more mundane queries, leaving the controversial issue of its subtitle squarely on the table.   As a result, the book poses questions it does not answer and frames dilemmas it cannot resolve. The reader's frustration is exacerbated by small methodological lapses: Ehrenberg never fully defines his terms, he fails to embrace a set of clear normative or policy premises, and he tends to allow his focus to stray within relatively broad bounds. Even so, he articulates a tantalizing problem: How is it that a small group of elite colleges and universities (enrolling roughly one out of every twenty college students in America), have consistently managed to raise tuition more than the cost of living, year... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1263-1267
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11090, Date Accessed: 7/2/2020 7:58:21 AM

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