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Educational Research and Analysis — May 2013

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The ADEA Presidential Task Force on Cost & Borrowing in Dental Education report was released March 16, 2013. The report scrutinizes the complex nature of how dental schools can balance the fiscal responsibilities to their parent institution, and also the high costs involved for dental schools students in obtaining their dental degree. Each dental school is grappling with how to best contain costs without sacrificing education quality and research. Furthermore, the report finds that more research is needed on how student debt influences career decisions and also future applicants to dental schools.

In the report, ADEA presents six recommendations:

  1. Strengthen relationships between dental school administrators and financial aid administrators to promote financial literacy and ensure the highest quality financial aid services and counseling is available to prospective and current students.
  2. Continue to pursue funding for scholarships from stakeholder communities.
  3. Continue to promote dental school mission alignment with resource management.
  4. Explore alternative dental education models.
  5. Enhance advocacy partnerships with other dental organizations.
  6. Continue to take a leadership role in representing the interests of ADEA members on costs of dental education and student borrowing.

Link to Task Force report