States should conduct studies regularly to keep track of the number of students going to and graduating from college, and the adequacy of financial-aid programs, a study recommends.
“Creating College Opportunity for All: Prepared Students and Affordable Colleges” is available online from the Southern Regional Education Board. ()
Released by the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board, the report also suggests that states assess the financial impact on families caused by decreases in state funding for colleges and universities and increases in tuition and fees. The report points out that high school graduates’ decisions not to attend college are “significantly influenced” by their perceptions of the gap between the financial resources they have and actual tuition costs.
A version of this article appeared in the February 09, 2005 edition of Education Week