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Share of college spending for recreation is rising

July 9, 2010

A new study of college costs says U.S. colleges are spending a smaller share of their budgets on instruction, and more on recreational facilities for students and administration.

The study of trends in revenues and spending by American institutions of higher education from 1998 through 2008 traces how the patterns at elite private institutions differed from sprawling public universities.

The trend toward increased spending on nonacademic areas prevailed across the higher education spectrum, with public, private, elite, and community colleges increasing expenditures more for student services than for instruction, says the report, “Trends in College Spending 1998-2008,” by the Delta Cost Project, a nonprofit group in Washington that advocates for controlling costs to keep college affordable. 

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