Follow the money

While student fees keep going up, institutional spending is being used more and more for things other than students’ education. Research and public service have been the big winners in the past decade, with both almost doubling their budgets at public universities. Instruction, meanwhile, has received only minor increases, even though it still receives the most funding. Here’s a look at public institutional spending, per full-time-equivalent student, in major categories from 1987 and 2005 (numbers have been tweaked to account for inflation).

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  1987 2005
Instruction $6,612 $7,255
Research $2,238 $4,149
Public service $609 $1,452
Academic support $1,477 $1,891
Student services $712 $990
Institutional support 1,493 $1,792
Operations/maintenance $1,443 $1,609
Scholarships/fellowships. $1,019 $824

Source: The Delta Cost Project

Brain Freeze

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