Colleges Avoid Some Outsourcing

Colleges and universities are not afraid to let outsiders run their bookstores, dining operations, or janitorial services, but many struggle with outsourcing other functions out of a feared loss of identity, community, and collegiality, according to a report released last week by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

The report, "Is Outsourcing Part of the Solution to the Higher-Education Cost Dilemma?," examines institutions' attitudes toward hiring a third party to provide a