In the News

Bob Archibald Appears on the Willis Report with Gerri Willis (January 15, 2015)

Willis Report on Fox Business




Newsflash: Paperback Edition of Why Does College Cost so Much?

Oxford University Press plans to release a paperback version of the book this summer (2014). More information on pricing and timing when we have it.




Bill Gates puts Why Does College Cost so Much? among “The Top 7 Books I read in 2013”







The Story: The Best Books I read in 2013



David Feldman on CNN with Carol Costello, August 23

CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello



Recent NPR blog by Frank James features David Feldman

Obama’s College-Cost Tour is a Chance to Get Past Climbing Walls



Apparently, WDCCSM has hit Bill Gates’ radar screen:




Bob Archibald enjoyed a live TV interview on Yahoo Finance today, May 23, 2013

Generation IOU



A recent article in Yahoo News: May 21, 2013

Sticker Shock: New College Graduates, Here is Why Your Education Cost so much Money


Bob heads to New York on Thursday for a live interview on Yahoo Finance.



The Chronicle of Higher Education published our commentary on the new College Scorecard.

How to Fix the Broken College Scorecard

April 1, 2013



David Feldman receives the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill award from NASFAA.

W&M press release



The University of Washington’s Office of Budget Planning comments on “The Anatomy of College Tuition.”

College Cost Update



Here is a really good review article by Emily Badger in Miller-McCune (Pacific Standard)

Can We Make College Cheaper?

April 12, 2012



The American Council on Education just released a new paper that we wrote, titled

The Anatomy of College Tuition












Bob Archibald recently debated Richard Vedder as part of the University of Vermont’s Janus Forum. The topic? Does federal support make higher education more, or less, affordable.

A news story in the Burlington Free Press.


Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard, apparently gave a copy of Why Does College Cost so Much? to all of her deans. That is music to an academic’s ears. People are reading and thinking about our ideas.

From the Boston Globe



A recent article in Inside Higher Ed showcases the president of Colorado College. She teaches a class on the economics of higher education, and she uses our book!

Intro to Colorado College



David Feldman spoke at a recent NASFAA forum: The State of College Access.

The event took place on January 19th in the Capitol Visitors Center.



Here are two video clips from the talk we gave as part of the Bates College Symposium on college cost.


I had some fun on Los Angeles Public Radio (November 17). Madeleine Brand conducted the interview:

Madeleine Brand Show



Here is a report on the Bates Symposium on College Cost

Bates Symposium


We will be speaking at a symposium on college cost at Bates College on October 30th.

College Cost Symposium









A nice mention from John Hennessy, Stanford’s president, in his “president’s column” in the July/August 2011 Stanford Magazine.

A Closer Look at the Cost of College



A nice mention from Barry Glassner, the president of Lewis & Clark college, in his May 24th Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal:

The “What’s Surprised You” Trap


Chris Farrell, the economics correspondent from NPR’s Marketplace asked us to write a guest blog for their program

End FAFSA as we Know It


Here is our interview on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning show with Stephen Smith hosting.

Midmorning broadcast


Minnesota Public Radio’s blog noticed that our book was making news in the state:

The Higher Ed Book Quoted Around the State, by Alex Friedrich

We will be live on Minnesota Public Radio this Friday, April 8, between 11 and 12, EST.


The Richmond Fed’s quarterly review ran an interview with David Feldman

Region Focus: Interview, by David Price

Fourth Quarter, 2010


David Leonhardt, the New York Times economics writer, had a “Book Chat” with us:

Book Chat: Why Does College Cost so Much

February 18, 2011

A mention in the New York Review of Books

Where Will We Find the Jobs, by Andrew Hacker

February 24, 2011

(You need to be a subscriber to read the full article)


We were asked to participate on CNBC’s Power Lunch, hosted by Sue Herera and Tyler Mathisen.

December 20, 2010

View the video


From The Huffington Post, December 17, 201o

We Can Do Better on College Costs, by David J. Skorton

The president of Cornell weighs in on how colleges and universities can manage cost in recessionary times.


The Residential, Public Liberal Arts College: A Sustainable Model?, by Joseph R. Urgo

The president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland addresses his board of trustees. He uses our work as part of his mission statement.


From The Seattle Times, December 14, 2010

Seeking a New Paradigm for Funding Washington’s Public Higher Education, by George S. Bridges

Bridges is president of Whitman College.  He notes the usefulness of our proposal to shift state funding away from appropriations to schools and toward direct grants to students instead.


From Newsweek, November 28, 2010

Higher Learning, by Joel Schectman

on the value of higher education compared to the cost.


From the New York Times, November 22, 2010

College Costs, The Sequel

Stanley Fish graciously allowed us to respond to the reader comments he received on his review of our book.


From Inside Higher Ed, October 19, 2010

The Real Cost Equation

A short explanation and critique of the dysfunction narrative commonly used to explain rising college cost. In this narrative increasingly wasteful and inefficient practices in higher education are the engine of rising cost to families.


From Forbes Magazine, August 11, 2010

Why Does College Cost so Much?

A short opinion article accompanying Forbes’ College Edition. This article focuses on the artisanal nature of higher education.


From the Chronicle of Higher Education, August 10, 2009

College Administrations are Too Bloated? Compared with What?

Here we address arguments that bloated administrative hiring is the driving engine of rising college cost.