ERIC Number: ED328115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Institutional Costs.
Kirshstein, Rita J.; And Others
This report describes the cost of nonprofit undergraduate collegiate education, how that cost has grown throughout the 1980s, and reasons for increases in college costs. The study analyzed multiple data sources to determine that college tuition growth has outpaced general price inflation since about 1980, but the American public believes that the cost of attending college is much higher than it actually is. Beginning in 1980, the proportion of family income needed to pay tuition increased. Between fall 1980 and fall 1987, the amount of student financial aid provided by all sources increased 7% faster than inflation, and students increased their reliance on loans. Academic expenditures did not increase as rapidly as overall expenditures, while administrative expenditures went up much faster. Between fall 1975 and fall 1985 faculty salaries increased by 87% in real dollars. Differing rates of enrollment growth greatly impacted per-student expenditures. Between 1975 and 1985, tuition and fee revenues made up a larger proportion of overall revenues. Analysis of the 100 most expensive private institutions and a small number of prestigious public institutions found that each type spent, on average, more than twice as much money per student than the average institution in its respective sector. Includes 72 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see HE 024 137.