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Universities Spend Six Times More on Athletic Programs than Scholarly Prosuits

Of course they do, Athletic departments actually bring in revenue.

Public universities competing in NCAA Division I sports spend as much as six times more per athlete than they spend to educate students, and likely for the first time per-athlete spending at schools in each of the six highest-profile football conferences topped $100,000 in 2010, an analysis of federal and school data finds.

Between 2005 and 2010, spending by athletic departments rose more than twice as fast as academic spending on a per-student basis.

Median per-athlete spending by 97 public institutions that compete in the top-tier Football Bowl Subdivision increased the most: 51%, to $92,000, between 2005 and 2010, while median spending on education increased 23%, to just under $14,000 per full-time student.

Meanwhile, tuition at four-year public universities increased an average of 38% and state and local funding rose just 2%, research shows.

Oh, but the numbers are even more messed up in that.  The report showed that of the schools with athletic department budgets bigger than $70 million annually, only 12.5%  of the actually have programs which are generating more money than are put into them.

The rest of the money, comes from programs which are supposed to help the students — all in the hope that the jocks generate enough money for a new library someday.

Schools like UW-Madison don’t have an issue like that (yet), since the athletic department is both separate from the school’s budget and is one of the most profitable in the country.  But other schools aren’t so lucky and they’re playing a risky game if they’re having to decide who gets paid: a new physics professor or a new assistant coach for the football team.

 

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