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Providing Critical Information and Innovative Ideas

A fundamental proposition in modern economics is that both consumers and businesses are able to make better choices when they possess the most critical information about those choices. Building on this, as partners for affordable education, we believe one key to restraining cost increases and promoting affordable excellence is to provide a clearinghouse of information on the issues, stimulate public discussions, and promote innovative research and activities in public higher education.

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Our "Think" Blog:

Insights from noted authors, entrepreneurs, and contributing writers on the latest policies and studies promoting affordable academic excellence.

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  • College costs are out of control

    January 29, 2017

    MANY PEOPLE have asked me why I support the efforts of Partners for Affordable Excellence@EDU, which has been an important force behind current legislative efforts to curb cost increases and improve access at Virginia’s public institutions of higher education. Here’s why.

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  • Dragas: A modest proposal from Virginia’s voters: Make college affordable again

    January 25, 2017

    Last week Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, a nonprofit group of higher education leaders, policymakers and business people of which I am a member, released the results of an in-depth poll of Virginia voters. Conducted by a bipartisan pair of nationally recognized firms, it focused on a single topic: public higher education in Virginia.

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  • Poll: Virginians Unhappy with Runaway Tuition

    January 16, 2017

    Virginia’s public colleges and universities have a big P.R. problem. Eighty eight percent of Virginia voters think they are too expensive, according to a poll released this morning, and three quarters say they should not be allowed to increase tuition faster than the cost of living.

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Critical Research:

A centralized resource of relevant research and selected literature to advance knowledge about higher education and affordable excellence.

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  • The Impact of student loan debt on small business formation

    Given the importance of an entrepreneur’s personal debt capacity in financing a startup business, student loan debt, which is difficult to discharge via bankruptcy, can have lasting effects and may have an impact on the ability of future small business owners to raise capital.

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  • Credit Supply and the Rise in College Tuition: Evidence from the Expansion in Federal Student Aid Programs

    When students fund their education through loans, changes in student borrowing and tuition are interlinked. Higher tuition costs raise loan demand, but loan supply also affects equilibrium tuition costs—for example, by relaxing students’ funding constraints. To resolve this simultaneity problem, we exploit detailed student-level financial data and changes in federal student aid programs to identify the impact of increased student loan funding on tuition.

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Partners strives to advance knowledge about higher education and affordable excellence by offering a centralized resource of relevant research and selected literature.

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The latest news and trends in higher education, economics, and related fields of study to stimulate public discussions on affordable excellence.

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