Campus dining directors operate in a higher education environment that is facing a wide range of financial, enrollment and operating challenges. Here are a variety of background articles to help you be more informed about them.
This NPR interview with Chronicle of Higher Education editor Jeffrey Selingo 's about his 2013 book, College Unbound, offers a quick overview of view that skyrocketing costs of higher education and increasing public skepticism about its value proposition make this a transformative time in higher education. Selingo touches on the boom in residence hall construction, the growth in student lifestyle amenties and on the looming financial challenges facing many schools. It also offers an excerpt from the book.
Here's a link to printed excerpts from NPR's interview with Selingo. 
Student Kitchens Become a New Campus Gathering Place
Managing the Student Lifestyle...
U-Cal System Challenged by Tuition Freeze Proposal
Incoming President Janet Napolitano wades into the fray with a proposal to the system's Board of Regents. 
In Rustbelt States, Colleges Compete for Declining Population of Students
State Higher Ed Budgets Rebound
Maximizing College Revenue
At the 2013 annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), a major theme was how colleges might find new sources of capital and on the most promising ways to invest that money for the future. In this article, Show Me New Money , Inside Higher Education looked at various strategies discussed there, such as Ohio State's recent decision to outsource its parking operation for $480 million.
Feds Still Looking to Rank College ROI's in National Ratings
Small Colleges Re-Think Discount, Rack Rates and Price Positioning
The College Board Publishes Its Annual Look at College Pricing Trends
Families Push Back Against the Ever-Rising Cost of College
Is Student Loan Debt the Next Big Bubble?
The Hefty Yoke of Student Loan Debt