Struggling with the costs of teaching in higher education

Tony Bates, e-learning & distance education resources, Apr 30, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"I can't find any bloody research on the costs of e-learning," writes Tony Bates. "So you can imagine my delight when Volume 38, Number 3 of ‘Planning for Higher Education‘, devoted almost entirely to Issues in Higher Education Finance' arrived in the mail." The rest of this useful (very useful) post is a summary of that issue (which I was able to freely access). Some interesting findings: "The cost of teaching in universities is NOT going up much faster than inflation (at least in the USA)." And "By reducing state funding and increasing tuition fees in the public sector, the higher education system in the USA is clearly moving from funding higher education as a public good to that of a private good." Which is not a good idea, IMO.
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