What's Behind the Cost Pressures in Higher Ed

Declining state aid, poor endowment returns and high levels of institutional debt are among the factors putting the cost squeeze on college administrators.

It's no secret that college tuition prices have been rising faster than inflation (and faster than even Healthcare costs) in recent years. Campus dining directors are more than just aware of such trends—they are often called upon to increase their contributions back to universities in order to help pay the bills.

Declining state aid to higher education, especially since the economic downturn, is a major factor. So has been the 

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