[From Muna] Over the past 30 years, spending on recreation and sport facilities has greatly increased as recreation programs have become independent administrative departments and according to a research report by Kerr and Downs in 2002, “NIRSA institutional members invested $11.69 billion from 1995 to 2000 and $7.12 billion since 2000 in new and renovated recreation facilities across the country in higher education” (NIRSA is an association for research and development of collegiate sports, it’s participating schools are listed here - http://www.nirsa.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Networking/NIRSAHealthWellnessPassportProgram/Participating_Schoo.htm and includes the University of Minnesota.)
However, according to a study by the Center for College Affordability in 2006, the University of Minnesota spent 11.7% (i.e. ratio = 100:11.7) of the amount it spends on instruction on athletics. This is less than the average (19.92%) spent by the 117 division 1-A institutions studied, the U ranked 98th on the list. The University of Arkansas ranks 1st with athletic spending at over half (56.5%) of the amount spent on instruction.