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Overall, the Consumer Price Index increased only 3.9 percent, largely due to a decline in housing costs. Educational expenses make up approximately 1.4 percent of the overall amount in the index.

Over a 15-year period, according to the bureau, increases in the cost of education have slightly exceeded increases in other costs. For every $100 worth of goods purchased in 1967, consumers spent $289.10 in 1982. For every $100 spent on education in 1967, consumers spent $301 last year, the bureau's report said.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association's more stringent academic requirements for athletes may have been enacted without proper study of how they would affect black students, says the president of the organization that makes the tests that are central to the requirements.

Gregory R. Anrig, president of the Educational Testing Service, said last month that using scores on standardized tests to determine athletic eligibility "will have effects that may not have been fully realized."

Mr. Anrig's statement followed a week of controversy over the ncaa's adoption of the rule, which requires freshmen to have a minimum average in a core of high-school courses and minimum scores on standardized tests in order to participate in intercollegiate sports.

Black leaders--including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, president of Operation push, and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference--have charged that the new standards discriminate against blacks.

According to breakdowns of past scores, significantly more blacks than whites would be ineligible to take part in competition in their first year under the new standards.

Mr. Anrig said ets, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test, would offer its assistance to the ncaa and the American Council on Education to "examine the impact" of the new rule.

The ace was a chief proponent of the new rule.

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