The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 7A
Tuition study ranked
" 111 schools incorrectly
A study that found hundreds of colleges were difficult
for low-income families to afford misclassified 111
schools, the foundation that produced the study disclosed
Eighty-two of the mislabeled schools should have been
rated as more affordable by the Lumina Foundation for
Education, while 29 were actually less affordable, the
"The report's overall conclusions are the same," said
Sara Murray-Plumer, spokeswoman for the Indianapolis-
based private foundation, which released the study Jan.
7. "We certainly regret the errors and sincerely apologize
for these mistakes."
Lumina was correcting the report on its Web site, noti-
fying affected schools and sending a corrected list to
anyone who received the original report in book form,
The foundation blamed the mistakes on clerical error.
All told, nearly 3,000 two- and four-year schools were
rated in some 11,000 categories, Murray-Plumer said.
The study used 1998 federal statistics on income,
enrollment and financial aid, among other factors. It
looked at four income groups: low- and median-income
students still dependent on parents' income, and inde-
pendent students ages 25-34 with low or median
Higher-education groups attacked the study when it
was released, calling its methods and assumptions
flawed. They said that with 15 million people in Ameri-
can colleges, reality contradicts the survey's conclusion
that many colleges are unaffordable.
Terry Hartle, vice president of the American Council
on Education, said Wednesday that the foundation
deserved credit for admitting its mistakes but added that
he still disagreed with the report's conclusions.
The errors came to light when the Southwest Daily
Times of Liberal, Kan., asked Lumina for the figures it
used to rate a local community college as out of reach for
students ages 18-23 from low-income and median-
income families, Murray-Plumer said.
Lumina researchers rechecked their results and discov-
ered the college should have been listed as affordable.
They then reviewed results for all of the schools and dis-
covered similar errors.
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Courant added that he plans to stay at the University and
has not heard any speculation that other administrators may be
Feagin was recruited by Bollinger in 1998. She is the first
administrative appointment made by Bollinger at Columbia.
"Susan Feagin is the best at what she does," said Bollinger
in a press release yesterday. "She also is a person of great ded-
ication to Columbia and an extraordinarily good person to
work with. I am delighted that she is returning."
Feagin helped to increase the University's endowments by 4
percent last year, when many of the nation's top universities,
including Columbia, saw nearly no growth.
Interim President B. Joseph White said in a written
statement that Vice President for Government Relations
Cynthia Wilbanks will serve as interim vice president for
development while maintaining her current position until
a permanent president can appoint the next vice presi-
dent for development.
"This team is working with deans and other senior
administrators to connect the University with donors
and friends all over the world. Susan's contributions
have been substantial, and I wish her the very best in her
new role," White said.
Columbia spokesman Virgil Renzulli said Feagin will
be filling a position left vacant by the former vice presi-
dent of development and alumni relations who recently
"She's got an outstanding background and I know Lee
Bollinger thinks extremely highly of her," said Renzulli. "I
think she is just an absolute delight."
Feagin graduated from Columbia in 1974 and returned in
1982 as campaign director for Arts and Sciences. Over the
years she has maintained close ties to Columbia through its
General Studies Advisory Council.
The University "is a remarkable place with many col-
leagues in important leadership positions. I am very confi-
dent about Michigan's future," Feagin said.
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