Economics professor to discuss tuition pricing during Linfield talk

A talk on tuition pricing by Jeff Summers, professor of economics, will kick off the Linfield College faculty lecture series Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Summers will present “Institutional Financial Aid, Net Tuition Revenue, and the Tuition Pricing Strategies of Private Baccalaureate Arts and Sciences Colleges.” He will compare data from 269 schools, including Linfield, classified as Private Baccalaureate Arts and Sciences Colleges by the Carnegie Foundation.

During the presentation, Summers will discuss the relationship between institutional financial aid, net tuition and fee revenue, and the tuition pricing strategies of the colleges over the last decade. He demonstrates that financial aid, net tuition revenue and tuition prices all rose during the period, but aid rose the fastest of all. Possible implications of this trend for the schools’ future tuition pricing strategies will be highlighted.

Summers, a member of the Linfield faculty since 1992, holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, a master’s from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


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