A national nonprofit organization that has shined a light on the murky world of college finances plans to close its doors sometime next year, but two other organizations will continue its work. The Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity, and Accountability, started in 2007 to help colleges control their spending and improve their productivity, will hand over its spending database to the U.S. Department of Education, which will incorporate the database into its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The Delta Project’s analytical work will be taken over by the American Institutes for Research.
Jane Wellman, the founder and executive director of the Delta Project, and the executive director of the National Association of System Heads, said in an interview that she hopes to use the project’s database and analysis to continue improving the spending patterns at the 52 public higher-education systems she works with. “I’ll still keep doing the work,” she said, “just not the analysis.”