Lies, Damn Lies and College Affordability Statistics


Everybody says college is expensive. But exactly how costly are the colleges you cover? At 1 p.m. EST on Dec. 14, journalists participated in a free one-hour training webinar on two new and as-yet little-known data tools. They learned ways to quickly find the most reliable and relevant data on costs, prices and affordability.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from – and pose questions to – two of the most knowledgeable college cost data experts in the country.

Sandy Baum has for years led the annual definitive “Trends” analyses of college prices and aid for the College Board and has recently launched a new college affordability data site for the Urban Institute.

The University of Washington’s Jim Fridley has plumbed state higher education data to create new data visualizations and scenario-testing interactive tools such as