AUSTIN, Texas and WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Only 20 percent of
If the bottom 80 percent were half as productive in their teaching as the top 20 percent, tuition could be cut in half.
"States looking to find answers to the exponential growth in college costs should take a close look at the Texas study's findings," said Dr. Richard Vedder, director of The Center for College Affordability and Productivity and a co-author of the study. "It appears universities can significantly reduce college costs by having faculty teach more students or courses. This, along with other studies on the high cost of research and limited learning outcomes of students, suggests we need to re-examine how students and faculty use their time, and how incentives can be used to enhance the productivity of all members of the university community."
Among the study's findings:
"The results are very compelling and eye-opening," said Vedder. "Other states should follow Texas's emphasis on university-cost transparency and release faculty compensation, teaching loads, external research grant information, student evaluation results and other relevant data for closer inspection."
Founded in 2006, The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) is dedicated to researching the rising costs and stagnant efficiency in higher education, with special emphasis on the United States. CCAP seeks to facilitate a broader dialogue on the issues and problems facing the institutions of higher education with the public, policy makers, and the higher education community.
SOURCE The Center for College Affordability and Productivity
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