Do compare like with like

September 13, 2012

Although Felipe Fernández-Armesto writes authoritatively on the merits of high tuition fees in relationship to a positive student experience ("Reassuringly expensive", 30 August), he fails to explicitly identify the University of Notre Dame, his place of employ, as a Catholic university.

The high-fee model he discusses is consistent with Catholic schools across the US. Such institutions advertise a particular religious-based educational experience that includes low student-to-staff ratios, rigorous admission standards and well-manicured lawns.

As a private school, Notre Dame is not required to conform to governmental regulation and as a religious institution it has not-for-profit status. Should gentle readers believe that US students happily equate higher fees with higher value, allow me to suggest that it is disingenuous to conflate public and private, profit and not-for-profit, and secular and religious universities.

Colyn Wohlmut, Learning resources manager, London Contemporary Dance School

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Daniel Mitchell illustration (29 June 2017)

Academics who think they can do the work of professional staff better than professional staff themselves are not showing the kind of respect they expect from others

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride

A podium constructed out of wood

There are good reasons why some big names are missing from our roster

Senior academics at Teesside University put at risk of redundancy as summer break gets under way

Thorns and butterflies

Conditions that undermine the notion of scholarly vocation – relentless work, ubiquitous bureaucracy – can cause academics acute distress and spur them to quit, says Ruth Barcan