Monday, February 20, 2017
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I ask because I use questions as my way of leading from below, and have found it to be effective even when it only leads to awareness rather than change up above.
On the other hand, your reference to Baumol remains as mistaken as it always is. It certainly explains the rise in cost of health care. A doctor only sees one patient at a time, and adding a PA or nurse practitioner does not change the ratio and has only a modest change in personnel cost. It still takes one nurse a fixed amount of time to distribute medication in a hospital, and it is likely that a robot replacement would cost just as much once the cost of testing and liability insurance is accounted for. Might be the last thing we automate, because the robot can only ask questions if it also has judgement rather than a nurse in front of a monitor.
In contrast, a college can easily increase class size. The only problem with that solution is that (1) it was implemented (along with video replays of lecture capture) a half century ago and (2) they don't want to do that. Regarding (1), the low hanging fruit (including cheap grad or undergrad student graders rather than adjunct instructors) was picked a long time ago. Even so, the only thing that keeps us from adding 10% more students to a classroom is the physical size of the rooms at my college along with collective bargaining limits on contact ratios. But the latter could be adjusted with 100% machine scored exams (grading is much more work than teaching) for any classes without essays. There is nothing we can do about the square footage of the rooms available at 10 AM. That is capital, not Baumol.
Regarding (2), consider this: Why do parents pay and/or borrow to send their kids to "nothing special" liberal arts colleges that always feature their student-teacher ratio in the materials they are sending your son? Right. They want actual personal instruction for their children, not just the credential, and they will pay even more to get the right university name -- usually a research university -- on that credential even if the professor is a full-time adjunct.
In my opinion, the increased tuition cost is mostly to pay the tenured faculty at research universities to do research and train graduate students who help do that research, thereby generating grant money plus overhead plus patents and news releases that bring fame and high paying students to the university. (Ditto for football and basketball coaches, to get your son's attention.) Adjuncts fill in the gap, but tuition has to pay for both professor and adjunct because the state only pays for part of the professor's cost and none of the startup funds.