A blog posted on the Knight Foundation Website highlights key aspects of the database and how the tool can be used.
One of the examples provided is below:
“… to understand the differences in the growth in academic spending and football spending at institutions whose football programs compete in the NCAA’s top division, the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), a user can generate a custom report by clicking comparison metrics, the years to include in the trend analysis and the inflation adjustment tool. A report will quickly display the dollar amounts and percentage growth, along with a graph. (Click the following link to see the graph and report generated: http://spendingdatabase.knightcommission.org/reports/68f2b5bf)
Among the trends that can be spotted from this analysis:
From 2005-2011, academic spending per student at institutions in the FBS grew just 3 percent after adjusting for inflation. However, football spending per football player grew 52 percent even without considering spending on athletic scholarships.”