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Higher Education: Soaring Rhetoric, Skyrocketing Costs

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Thanks for writing….a recent study by the <a href="http://www.deltacostproject.org/" rel="nofollow">Delta Cost Project</a>, and reviewed by <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/articles/2009/01/15/the-surprising-causes-of-those-college-tuition-hikes" rel="nofollow">U.S. News</a> found that “rising spending on administrators, student support services, and the need to make up for reductions in government subsidies … “ is largely responsible for driving up tuition costs, at least at state institutions. (student support services generally are programs designed to improve the graduation rates and overall academic success of students who are typically from disadvantaged backgrounds, are disabled, or who otherwise face significant challenges). Classroom instruction is becoming a smaller piece of the budget education pie at these places. The picture is completely different at private colleges. In this context, it seems to me that taking on an additional class or two would have little impact on this crisis. The idea that most teachers are not teaching very full loads at this point is also based on an image of faculty at top-tier (usually private) schools. You can find the study and the article at the links above. – Randall Garton

Why does the cost of college continue to rise? What is the teaching load of the professors? Could each professor teach an additional class to reduce the amount of money spent on the payroll?

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