The Resource Buying the best : cost escalation in elite higher education, Charles T. Clotfelter

Buying the best : cost escalation in elite higher education, Charles T. Clotfelter

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Buying the best : cost escalation in elite higher education
Title
Buying the best
Title remainder
cost escalation in elite higher education
Statement of responsibility
Charles T. Clotfelter
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Since the early 1980s the rapidly increasing cost of college, together with what many see as inadequate attention to teaching, has elicited a barrage of protest. Buying the Best looks at the realities behind these criticisms - at the economic factors that are in fact driving the institutions that have been described as machines without brakes. In designing his study, Charles Clotfelter examines the escalation in spending in the arts and sciences at four elite institutions: Harvard, Duke, Chicago, and Carleton. He argues that the rise in costs has less to do with increasing faculty salaries or lowered productivity than with a broad-based effort to improve quality, provide new services to students, pay for large investments in new facilities and equipment (including computers), and insure access for low-income students through increasingly expensive financial aid
  • In Clotfelter's view spiraling costs arise from the institutions' lofty ambitions and are made possible by steadily intensifying demand for places in the country's elite colleges and universities. Only if this demand slackens will universities be pressured to make cuts or pursue efficiencies. Buying the Best is the first study to make use of the internal historical records of specific institutions, as opposed to the frequently unreliable aggregate records made available by the federal government for the use of survey researchers. As such, it has the virtue of allowing Clotfelter to draw much more realistic comparative conclusions than have hitherto been reported. While acknowledging the obvious drawbacks of the small sample, Clotfelter notes that the institutions studied are significant for the disproportionate influence they, and comparable elite institutions, exercise in research and in the training of future leaders
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Clotfelter, Charles T
Dewey number
378/.02
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
LB2342
LC item number
.C56 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
A National Bureau of Economic Research monograph
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  • College costs
  • Education, Higher
  • Educational surveys
  • Hoger onderwijs
  • Elites
  • Kostenbeheersing
  • Frais d'études
  • Enseignement supérieur
  • Éducation
  • Universités
  • Hochschule
  • Kostensteigerung
  • Hochschulfinanzierung
  • Elite
  • Bildung
  • USA
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Buying the best : cost escalation in elite higher education, Charles T. Clotfelter
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-291) and index
Contents
Foreword / William G. Bowen and Harold T. Shapiro -- Ch. 1. The Problem of Rising Costs -- Ch. 2. A Peculiar Institution -- Appendix 2.1 A Simple Financial Model of a University -- Appendix 2.2 Decomposing Rates of Growth in Expenditures -- Ch. 3. Boom Times for Selective Institutions -- Appendix 3.1 Supplementary Tables for Chapter 3 -- Ch. 4. Patterns and Trends in Expenditures -- Appendix 4.1 Dealing with Interdepartmental Transfers and Recharges -- Appendix 4.2 Categories Used to Create Expenditure Tables -- Appendix 4.3 Trends in Duke Expenditures from 1976/77 to 1983/84 -- Ch. 5. The Sources of Rising Expenditures -- Appendix 5.1 Supplementary Tables for Chapter 5 -- Ch. 6. Administrative Functions -- Ch. 7. The Allocation of Faculty Effort -- Appendix 7.1 Options for Providing Classroom Instruction -- Appendix 7.2 Calculation of Classroom Teaching Loads and Course Characteristics -- Appendix 7.3 Data on Committee Membership -- Ch. 8. Classes and Course Offerings
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 303 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028866844
Label
Buying the best : cost escalation in elite higher education, Charles T. Clotfelter
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-291) and index
Contents
Foreword / William G. Bowen and Harold T. Shapiro -- Ch. 1. The Problem of Rising Costs -- Ch. 2. A Peculiar Institution -- Appendix 2.1 A Simple Financial Model of a University -- Appendix 2.2 Decomposing Rates of Growth in Expenditures -- Ch. 3. Boom Times for Selective Institutions -- Appendix 3.1 Supplementary Tables for Chapter 3 -- Ch. 4. Patterns and Trends in Expenditures -- Appendix 4.1 Dealing with Interdepartmental Transfers and Recharges -- Appendix 4.2 Categories Used to Create Expenditure Tables -- Appendix 4.3 Trends in Duke Expenditures from 1976/77 to 1983/84 -- Ch. 5. The Sources of Rising Expenditures -- Appendix 5.1 Supplementary Tables for Chapter 5 -- Ch. 6. Administrative Functions -- Ch. 7. The Allocation of Faculty Effort -- Appendix 7.1 Options for Providing Classroom Instruction -- Appendix 7.2 Calculation of Classroom Teaching Loads and Course Characteristics -- Appendix 7.3 Data on Committee Membership -- Ch. 8. Classes and Course Offerings
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 303 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028866844

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