Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Ian Barnard
Dr. Jan Osborn
Dr. Renee Hudson
The purpose of this thesis is to track the rising costs of attending higher education institutions and the professional development of professors compared to secondary and primary educators. While university and college administrations around the United States enjoyed exponential growth in pay, faculty and staff pay has remained stagnant for over 40 years. The increase in costs of attendance despite the stagnant pay for professors highlights the diminishing return on investment for attaining a higher education degree. By examining the concepts of education production function and extrapolating the findings to apply to postsecondary institutions, the lapse in educator development comes to light and demonstrates a growing need to track student outcomes in higher education.
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Hanna, Patrick. Rising Costs of Universities and the Impact on Teaching Effectiveness and Student Outcomes. 2023. Chapman University, MA Thesis. Chapman University Digital Commons, https://doi.org/10.36837/chapman.000480