Temple University Japan III: Why don’t these numbers make any sense?

One of my blog topics this week. See here and here.

I am trying to put the numbers together on how Temple Japan funds itself. But the deeper I look into it, it seems like it doesn’t fund itself. Other people do.

I picked up this information from the Wiki:

Temple University, Japan Campus (Abbreviated: TUJ, Japanese: テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス) is an international campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. TUJ has classrooms and student facilities in two buildings in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is the oldest and largest campus of any foreign university in Japan, with 2,980 students, of which approximately one-half are Japanese and one-half are from the U.S. and more than 40 other countries. The campus offers B.A. (11 majors), M.S.Ed., Ed.D., MBA and LL.M programs, and also offers semester and year-long study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates and law students (the latter is the first American Bar Association-accredited study abroad program in Asia). In addition, TUJ has non-degree English-language, continuing (adult) education, and corporate education programs. [Emphasis added.]

The source of this information, says the Wiki, is Temple University itself.

OK so one piece we need: Temple Japan has about 2,980 students, of which about 1,490 are from Japan and the other 1,490-or-so are from Pennsylvania or somewhere else in the world.

And here is tuition information from Temple Japan. A full year for a Pennsylvania resident (tuition and fees) is $11,824. For a non-Pennsylvania resident, it’s $21,104.

(I get $11,824 by taking $5,587 and $325, getting $5,912, and then doubling that.)

Watch this huge gap develop:

If you have 1,490 students (let’s assume they’re full time) from Japan, and you charge each one $21,104, you get $31,444,960. Remember, the other day the money that TESS a/k/a Temple Japan took in for 2008 was $21,758,000. So already there is missing money, without including the non-Japanese Temple Japan students.

Those non-Japanese would contribute 1,490 times $11,824, or $17,617,760 if everyone doing an overseas year is from Pennsylvania. So the fully-booked educational “flight”, so to speak, would generate $49,062,720 in TESS. And that is with every non-Japanese getting the Pennsylvania discount, which you know isn’t true, since only 73% of the Temple Philadelphia student body is from Pennsylvania.

But like I say, in 2008 TESS only took in $21,758,000.

What explains that gap? Temple Japan should be taking in twice the money (if everyone goes full-time). Even if everyone from Japan goes part-time and pays half the tuition, the overseas students would likely be enrolled full-time and therefore putting in the $17 million.

So this makes no sense. The Wiki figures suggest that tuition revenue is some number well above $30 million. The audited reports say that “TESS” takes in less than $22 million.

Are discounts (i.e. scholarships) being given out to fill Temple Japan seats? And if so, how much and to whom? All that the audited financials say is that tuition is “net of discounts”, and we assume the main discount is the Pennsylvania-resident tuition.

The deeper I dig, the more curious I am as to how that entity really operates.

[Update: be sure to check out the following two or three entries in this series, especially 5 and 6, where I learn that the actual number of matriculated students is more like 1,300 (not 3,000).]