[Editor's note: This piece originally published on the Christensen Institute's blog. Read more here.]

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee will be holding hearings on the endowments of America’s elite institutions of higher education. Ostensibly, the inquiry relates to how colleges use their endowments, but ultimately the question before the Committee is whether these wealthy institutions deserve the tax breaks inherent in their nonprofit status—this is an exercise that Congress has been through before. But rather than spending its time throwing mud at traditional institutions of higher education, Congress would be better served to focus on how...

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Alana Dunagan leads the Christensen Institute’s higher education research and works to find solutions for a more affordable system that better serves both students and employers. In this role, Alana analyzes disruptive forces changing the higher education landscape.