Caught this NPR program on higher education in the car on Tuesday: here. Well worth a listen if you are interested in issues confronting the costs of college. As many have noted before, full-time faculty aren’t the reason for the increase in the sticker price. Here is what Kevin Carey of the New America Foundation had to say:
“[Professors] are not the beneficiaries of large increases in college spending that has gone on,” he says. “In fact, the percentage of all students taught by non-tenure-track professors — adjuncts, teaching assistants — has gone up and up and up.”
Meanwhile, university administrations have grown — meaning colleges are now employing more provosts, deans and assistant deans than ever before.
“I’m sure that most of those people are working hard at real jobs,” he says. “But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a good idea to increase spending and pass along many of those costs onto students in the form of higher tuition. … And the more the prices go up, the more that these students who are squeezed out of opportunity are middle-income students, low-income students, and the net effect over time is to make our college and university system no longer the engine of economic mobility that it once was.”
See Sven, I’m not critical of everything NPR does – just where/who it gets its money from!