Just when you thought the interest in productivity and accountability in higher education couldn’t get more intense. Delta Project has released a report, “Trends in College Spending” that suggests that increases in tuition in U.S. post-secondary has not, on average, led to increased spending on instruction for students.

Two good reviews of the report are available from, first, Kevin Carey (of Education Sector, the think-tank) writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education which provides, as usual, a good summary. For a related and provocative look at productivity and efficiency in higher education, check out Richard Vedder’s post, “Universities as Starbucks”.

Delta Project Report: Trends in College Spending

Kevin Carey, “Tuition (Way) Up, Spending on Education Down”

Inside Higher Ed, “More for Less”

Richard Vedder, “Universities as Starbucks”