Independent colleges are more efficient than public universities
Higher education institutions in Michigan are run with varying levels of efficiency. One way to measure efficiency is calculating the number of students per full-time employee.
Comparing independent, non-profit colleges and universities in Michigan highlights that independent higher education institutions are able to run more efficiently than their public counterparts.
Data from 2016 shows that just over 12 students at independent, non-profit institutions are enrolled for each full-time employee while at public universities only six students are enrolled for each full-time employee.
This indicates that independent, non-profit institutions are twice as efficient as public universities in Michigan, serving more students with fewer resources.