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Sustainable affordability. What’s that? It’s Wesleyan’s commitment to manage its budget and resources for the present and the future, while also ensuring that students from all backgrounds can afford to come here. We’ve raised $320 million toward our $400 million goal in the THIS IS WHY campaign. Support of financial aid is the campaign’s single […]

In an effort to dramatically increase the number of veterans it enrolls, Wesleyan is entering into a new partnership with The Posse Foundation, Inc. Since 1989, The Posse Foundation has helped colleges and universities to recruit exceptional public high school students who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes.

In the past year we have made significant changes to our economic model. For decades we have followed the same pattern: tuition increases well above inflation, and financial aid increases that go far beyond that. This budget model isn’t sustainable. Over the past 20 years, the percentage of the tuition charges that goes to financial […]

2012 Financial Aid Forum

President Roth attended a financial aid forum on September 24, 2012, hosted by Wesleying.

Via the Need Blind Focus Group blog. A week ago, Gil Skillman, professor of economics and former Chair of the Faculty at Wesleyan, sent an email out to the need-blind activism listserv detailing his thoughts on the University’s situation. As Chair of the Faculty, he participated in Board of Trustees and administrative meetings where the policy change […]

Via The Wesleyan Argus. The Argus recently sat down with President Michael Roth for a meeting on a wide range of campus issues. Part of the discussion focused on Roth’s response to student concerns about the end of need-blind admissions at the University. Because of the high level of student interest in this topic as […]

I am grateful for the various suggestions alumni and current students have submitted for how Wesleyan might offer a greater percentage of its revenue for scholarships. There is a fairly straightforward equation: the more we spend on providing access to the university, the less there is to spend on providing the education to which students […]

n my previous post, I described some of the steps Wesleyan is taking toward what I called “sustainable affordability.” One step is almost uncontroversial: we will no longer raise tuition rates in excess of inflation rates. Over time, this should mean that we will no longer be among the most expensive schools in the country. Some commentators have suggested that we more aggressively charge those families who can most afford to pay. I don’t think this is a serious option. We can (and we will) ask families with economic capacity to contribute to our financial aid scholarship funds. Their philanthropy is more important than ever, but we will not build philanthropy into price.

Via President Roth’s blog. Just before Reunion-Commencement weekend, I discussed changing some of our assumptions for budget planning with the Board of Trustees. This followed several months of discussions with faculty, students and staff on campus. After the February board meeting, I met in an open session with the Wesleyan Student Assembly, as did the […]