Colleges spend less on teaching

With the exception of private research universities, most colleges are spending less on teaching, reports the Delta Cost Project.  From USA Today.

Most of the nation’s colleges are gradually paring back their investments in classroom teaching, an analysis of federal data shows. And all colleges have in recent years been spending a greater share of their revenue on expenses other than instruction, including computing centers, student services, administrative salaries and lawn care.

Overall, spending declined or remained flat from 2002 to 2006, the report found. Most private four-year colleges now spend more on administrative and academic support than on instruction. Research universities, protected by large endowments, have bucked the trend but those endowments’ values have fallen with the stock market.

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  1. Drew Kerr says:

    That’s why there’s a growing boom in online study groups. Plus there are less students who can afford $60 an hour private tutors in this economy.

    Cramster.com has seen a spike in membership since September.

    – Roughly 50% jump over spring semester registration.
    – Free member and premium member sign-ups up 60-70% over the previous year.

  2. Well,

    The concept that someone can learn more in a classroom than on their own is somewhat dubious, as anyone with the right books, and determination can learn just about anything they put their mind to 🙂

  3. The concept that someone can learn more in a classroom than on their own is somewhat dubious, as anyone with the right books, and determination can learn just about anything they put their mind to

    The problem is for those of us who lack determination, and/or don’t know which are the right books.

    I can motivate myself to sign myself up for a class, and to show up each class time, and to do the homework if it comes with a deadline. I have never figured out how to motivate myself to be determined enough to learn a technical subject or a foreign language without a structure imposed by a teacher.

    Therefore I don’t find it at all dubious that I can learn more in a classroom than on my own. And it is entirely possible that I am not unique in lacking determination, based on the popularity of stop-smoking/lose-weight programmes. If everyone on the planet bar me is full of determination, why are such programmes profitable?