Got Expenditure Data?

December 4, 2013

The Faculty Senate blog shares information and insights to the Faculty of Clemson University. Topics discussed do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Faculty Senate, the Faculty of Clemson, or Clemson University.

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has just released a public database of athletic and academic expenditures at (most) Division I institutions. This resource, which enables customizable comparisons, is powered by data from the U.S. Department of Education, USA Today’s college sports finance database, and refined IPEDS data from the Delta Cost Project.

The graph below is the default database-generated plot for Clemson, showing (top-to bottom and in non-inflation adjusted dollars): our football spending per scholarship football player (up 30% since 2006); our athletic spending per athlete in all sports (up 41% since 2006); academic spending per FTE student (up 11%); and institutional funding for athletics per athlete (up 72%). Faculty will want to take care to understand the definitions and distinctions regarding institutional spending, academic vs. instructional expenses, and how our own institution treats pass-through monies and out-of-state tuition waivers for student athletes, etc.

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Below is a user-generated custom graph showing (from top to bottom) HEPI-based inflation-adjusted values for: Clemson football coaching salaries per football player (down 7% from 2006 to 2011); FBS football coaching salaries per football player (up 45%); Clemson coaching salaries per all athletes (up 33%); FBS coaching salaries per athlete (up 30%); Clemson instructional spending per FTE student (up 2%); FBS instructional spending per FTE student (up 4%).

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