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COLLEGES CHARGE MORE; PROFESSORS TEACH LESS

A House committee says colleges are charging more and giving students less.

Among the key findings of a report issued Monday by the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families:- Tuition and fees rose by 141 percent at public four-year colleges and universities from 1980 to 1990, and by 12 percent for the 1991-92 school year.

- The teaching load of professors has dropped from the traditional 15 hours per semester to as low as six hours to allow more time for research.

- Lecture classes are becoming larger.

Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., chairwoman of the panel, said it is increasingly becoming the norm for undergraduates to be taught by teaching assistants, not professors, in extraordinarily large classes.