First, calculate how much extra NRT has come from undergrads. Since undergrad NRT apparently doesn’t get covered by financial aid, this should be really easy to calculate by taking the difference of the number of undergrads paying NRT post-change relative to the earlier baseline. This can then be multiplied by NRT.

Second, calculate how much money has been spent on MCAP, increased GSIs, and increased faculty hiring/retentions. The MCAP calculation should be easy. The problem is the increased GSIs and increased faculty hiring/retentions. What should the baseline be? A fair place to start would be to take the numbers from before this policy was adopted (say 2008). And then scale them down by the percentage change in the state allocation of funds. So if state funds have dropped by (I’m guessing) 40% since 2008, just use 60% of the 2008 TAS budget and 60% of the 2008 faculty retention/hiring budget as the baseline.

Total effort: at most one staff-day. Very reasonable amount of time to spend.

From this simple calculation, we could easily see the extent to which the extra undergrad NRT has been spent on undergraduate education.

The accounting here doesn’t have to be correct to the last decimal point. That would be meaningless. It just needs to be order-of-magnitude correct.

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