Don't Blame Faculty for High Tuition: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2003-04

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[Excerpt] The bottom line is that although faculty and staff salary in-creases obviously contribute to increases in tuition, other factors have played more important roles during the last quarter century. These factors include the escalating costs of benefits for all employees, reductions in state support of public institutions, growing institutional financial-aid costs, expansion of the science and research infrastructure at research universities, and the increasing costs of information technology. If tuition and fee increases had been held to the rate of average faculty salary increases during this period, average tuition and fees would be substantially lower today in both the public and private sectors.


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Ehrenberg, R. G. (2004). Don't blame faculty for high tuition: The annual report on the economic status of the profession, 2003-04 [Electronic version]. Academe, 90(2), 19-103.

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Originally published in Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors. Copyright by the American Association of University Professors.

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