The Nation’s Best-Known Public Universities Have Been On a Spending Spree Like There’s No Tomorrow

From a Wall Street Journal story by Melissa Korn, Andrea Fuller, and Jennifer S. Forsyth headlind “Colleges Spend Like There’s No Tomorrow. ‘These Places Are Just Devouring Money.'”:

The nation’s best-known public universities have been on an unfettered spending spree. Over the past two decades, they erected new skylines comprising snazzy academic buildings and dorms. They poured money into big-time sports programs and hired layers of administrators.

Then they passed the bill along to students.

The University of Kentucky upgraded its campus to the tune of $805,000 a day for more than a decade. Its freshmen, who come from one of America’s poorest states, paid an average $18,693 to attend in 2021-22.