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Tuition Hampering Diversity

VU International News and Reviews No. 110 April 9 2018

April 2018

In a study “Exploring the Effects of Tuition” Drew Allen from Princeton and two colleagues report on a study they undertook on the implications of rises intuition on racial/ethnic composition of the student population. The study addresses two primary research questions: What are the effects of tuition increases on racial/ethnic diversity at public institutions over time, and do the relationships between tuition increases and racial/ethnic diversity at 4-year institutions vary by institution selectivity?
Their findings suggest that tuition increases at open-access, non-selective public 4-year institutions are negatively and significantly associated with the racial/ethnic diversity of enrolled students. This same negative relationship can be seen among 2-year public institutions, and the effects are more pronounced in full-time, first-time freshmen as compared to the overall full-time campus population.

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