New Study Blames Tenured Faculty & Their Anemic Teaching Loads For Spiraling College Tuition Costs

If colleges and universities were serious about making school more affordable, they could start herding professors back into their classrooms. The declining teaching load of tenured professors and tenure-track faculty has boosted the average cost of college per student by $2,598 annually, according to a new study by the Education Sector and The American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Between 1988 and 2004, the average number of classes that professors taught declined 25 percent — from 3.6 to 2.7 courses per term. At research-intensive universities, the typical professor teaches just 1.8 courses. However, similar declines may be seen at every class of higher education institution […]
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