External Factors Affecting Room and Board Rates: How Much Influence Does the Housing Director Have?

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2001-01-01
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Schuh, John
Shelley, Mack
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The cost of attending college is an issue that has appeared frequently in contemporary literature (Choy & Premo, 1996; Stringer, Cunningham, Merisotist Wellman, & O'Brien, 1999; The Institute for Higher Education Policy, The Ford Foundation, & The Education Resources Institute, 1999). College costs have increased faster than median family income (Stringer, Cunningham, O'Brien, & Merisotis, 1998), and many students and their parents have underestimated the actual cost of attendance. An important element in determining the total cost of attendance is the amount students pay for room and board if they choose to live on-campus. Many experts recommend an on-campus living experience as a way to enrich a student's education (KUh, Douglas, Lund, & Ramin Gyurnek, 1994; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991 ; Schuh, 1999).

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This article is published as 36. John H. Schuh and Mack C. Shelley, II, External Factors Affecting Room and Board Rates: How Much Control Does the Housing Director Have? Journal of College and University Student Housing, 30(1), 41-47 (2001). Posted with permission.

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