Do climbing walls equal climbing costs?

According to a recent article by Inside Higher Ed, recent political speeches have knocked “increasingly common and luxurious college amenities like climbing walls and lazy rivers” on college and university campuses. The politicians have cited these amenities as a driver in the overall price increases for students.

Sightlines Vice President Jim Kadamus was interviewed and offered some input on institutions making large investments in new recreational facilities, and pointed out that these institutions typically had outdated facilities that were in need of repair. Additionally, Kadamus stated that recreational facilities only account for 15% of an institution’s total square footage, which minimizes their overall budget impact.

Read the full article here.