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RECENTLY I MET A FAMILY whose daughter was looking at Rhodes College. The family income was slightly above $20,000. Federal and state funding didn't provide the assistance necessary for the daughter to enroll. Even after adding a substantial commitment from the college to the financial aid package, there was a large financial gap.

TODAY'S COLLEGE STUDENTS are extremely interested in serving others. They apply their classroom knowledge to serving the common good and while doing so learn more about themselves.

IF THE 1970S WERE OFTEN FONDLY remembered as the "golden age" of higher education because of the surfeit of students generated by the postwar baby boom, the 1990s and opening years of the 21st century could be termed "a mini-golden age" due to "echo boomer" enrollments generated by their off spring.

SANDRA STARKE STOOD AT THE FRONT OF A small conference room in Chicago and appealed for consideration from a room full of student services, admissions, and finance administrators. She asked not for consideration of her, but for consideration of each other.

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