The increasing usage of part-time instructors to replace full time professors, larger class sizes, and continuing increases in college fees raise a number of questions to parents of prospective students. One-third of all colleges and universities currently present significantly weaker financial profiles than they did before the recession, according to the New York Times. The Times further estimates that only 500 of the 4,000 + institutions of higher education in the United States are financially stable enough to be considered truly safe.
In 1987, public colleges and universities received ¾ of their funding from their respective states. This figure has now shrunk to ½. These institutions are seeking ways to address the budgetary short fall; the increased enrollment of international and out of state students, who pay more than in-state students to attend, is just one strategy.
Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions
- A Wage Gap Worth Watching (myiesolutions.wordpress.com)
- Financial Ratings Affect Colleges, Too (myiesolutions.wordpress.com)
- An alarming drop in state support for universities (cbsnews.com)
- Hot Potato (insidehighered.com)
- State Appropriations Per Student Fell Again in 2012, but Enrollment Peaked (insidehighered.com)