Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

George J. Mouly


It has long been recognized that Catholic schools have a lower per pupil cost than public schools. The difference in salary schedules bet.ween those of the public lay teachers and the Catholic religious teacher is commonly accepted as the reason for lower costs in Catholic education. Yet, it has been and remains the contention of same that the lower costs of Catholic education can also be attributed to other factors, such as limited services, facilities, programs, lower standards and more poorly trained professional personnel, some of which would affect the quality of Catholic education.

Do the lower costs of Catholic education and the smaller budgets of Catholic schools so deprive students of school services, programs, facilities and qualified personnel, that they are actually offered inferior educational opportunities? This question is of vital concern to Catholics and the general public.