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Fixed-Rate Tuition Plans

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Virginia Issues

Tuition has increased nationally at 4 times the rate of disposable income in the past 20 years.  This report examines the elements, benefits, and additional considerations of fixed-tuition plans.  From the State Council of Higher Education


2015-16 Tuition and Fees at Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges and Universities

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Report and analysis on board-approved tuition and fee increases for the 2015-16 academic year, tuition and fee trends in Virginia over the past 25 years, the cost sharing relationship between students and the state, and trends in tuition increases nationally.  The average increase for tuition and mandatory fees is 7.1% for the 15-16 year.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2014-15: Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2013-14, and 12-Month Enrollment, 2013-14: First Look (Preliminary Data)

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Reports that average cost for tuition and required fees was about $7,900 for in-state students and about $17,900 for out-of-state students for the 2014-15 year.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Community Colleges and the “Completion Agenda”

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Virginia Issues

Looks at what is meant by the term “completion agenda,” especially at the community college level, and its significance as an investment in the country’s future. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Premiums and Employee Contributions for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Private versus Public Sector, 2013

Categories: Govt Personnel,Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Presents estimates of average premiums paid by public and private sector employees for single, employee-plus-one, and family coverage.  Found that public sector employees paid higher premiums than private sector employees with wide variation across geographic areas.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


New Medicare Data Available to Increase Transparency on Hospital and Physician Utilization

Categories: Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Agency press release announcing availability of latest annual release of Medicare hospital utilization and payment data and physician and other supplier utilization and payment data.   Covers bills for services for the 100 most common hospital Medicare inpatient stays and 30 selected outpatient procedures and services/charges from physicians and other Part B providers.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


How USDA Forecasts Retail Food Price Inflation

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Provides a detailed description of the revised methodology used by federal analysts to predict the movement of prices in 7 farm, 6, wholesale, and 19 retail food categories as well as information about the accuracy and performance of individual forecasts.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Gasoline Prices: Cyclical Trends and Market Developments

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Science/Technology,Statistics

Discusses the influence on recent gasoline prices caused by seasonality in gasoline refining and the so-called shale revolution which changed the U.S. since 2009 from a crude oil importer to a gasoline exporter.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics



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