How and why college salaries contribute to rising tuition rates

The Seattle TimesFebruary 10, 2014 

Higher-education watchdogs have often speculated that the rapid rise in college tuition is largely due to administrative bloat – or the increase in college administrative costs. The size of administration and high pay for college presidents and professors are often fingered as root causes.

It’s an important issue, because if costs could be cranked down or at least held steady, it would open the doors for more students to get their degrees without going into debt.

A new report by the Delta Cost Project takes a look at the nationwide increases, and finds some of these ideas hold true — but others do not.

“Contrary to some public perceptions, faculty salaries are not the leading cause of rising spending or tuition increases in higher education,” said Donna Desrochers, a researcher at the American Institutes for Research, which runs the Delta Cost Project.

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