Gerry Canavan

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$795 Million Dollars Would Buy a Lot of Adjuncts a Living Wage

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: USA Today has an excellent package of stories today on the role of student fees in supporting major college sports programs. Universities charged students more than $795-million last year to support athletics programs at 222 Division I public universities, the report says. That’s an 18 percent increase from 2005.

But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the tuition bill. The report’s lead story is filled with examples of public institutions that fail to disclose how much students pay annually to support athletics programs or that make it very difficult to obtain such information. In many cases, USA Today found, students are unaware of the athletics fees—or, in the case of some part-time or commuter students, have no interest in paying to support athletics.

Written by gerrycanavan

September 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

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  1. Gee, and here I was believing the schools when they justified their lavish spending on athletic programs by saying the sports paid for themselves through ticket sales, TV deals, sponsorships, alumni donations etc. If that’s the case, then why are schools charging students at the rate of $3.6 million per school? If you figure on $40,000 a year as a living wage, that money could instead pay for 90 instructors per school – who certainly add more to the educational experience than a basketball team.


    September 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

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