CCAP: 5 Lower Cost Alternatives to Help Reduce the Price of College

Ashley Thorne

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  • November 12, 2010

Our friends at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) have released the first in a 5-part, book-length report called "25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College." NAS applauds this initiative and looks forward to reading the report in its entirety.  Peter Wood recently blogged about how colleges transform increases in federal student aid into higher tuition and fees. And we join with those who predict that either (a) the higher education bubble will burst or (b) the college degree will become a nearly empty credential.

What can we do to forestall these unwelcome outcomes? The CCAP has some ideas. The first part of its report is "Use Lower Cost Alternatives."

  1. Encourage more students to attend community college
  2. Promote Dual Enrollment Programs
  3. Reform Academic Employment Policies
  4. Offer Three Year Bachelor's Degrees
  5. Outsource More Services

Click on the links to read each section.  

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