As reported by the New York Times, colleges are spending more on recreation than instruction. This is no surprise. For example, my alma mater, Ithaca College in New York, is spending several million dollars on a new athletics & events center (pictured here), which will be the largest indoor events venue in the surrounding county. There is even a live webcam of the construction here.
According to the article:
“This is the country-clubization of the American university,” said
Richard K. Vedder, a professor at Ohio University who studies the
economics of higher education. “A lot of it is for great athletic
centers and spectacular student union buildings. In the zeal to get
students, they are going after them on the basis of recreational
On average, spending on instruction increased 22 percent over the
decade at private research universities, about the same as tuition, but
36 percent for student services and 36 percent for institutional
support, a category that includes general administration, legal
services and public relations, the study said.