Paul Campos in the NYT on administrative bloat


…Interestingly, increased spending has not been going into the pockets of the typical professor. Salaries of full-time faculty members are, on average, barely higher than they were in 1970. Moreover, while 45 years ago 78 percent of college and university professors were full time, today half of postsecondary faculty members are lower-paid part-time employees, meaning that the average salaries of the people who do the teaching in American higher education are actually quite a bit lower than they were in 1970.

By contrast, a major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.

Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 — a 221 percent increase. …

At UO, it’s the senior admins who are eating the pork, not the OA’s:

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One Response to Paul Campos in the NYT on administrative bloat

  1. charlie says:

    T’aint just administrative bloat that’s jacking up tuition.

    As the NY Times points out, unis have been on a building jag for such things as spa like recreation centers, luxurious dorms and on campus cafes, nearly all of it funded with public debt. Wall Street bond palaces have to get paid, as does the debt service going to the investors. I’ll leave it yass to figure out where that will come from.

    BTW, if you think that making public unis independent from state control of debt issuance will make things better, you might want to see what’s taking place at U of Wisconsin.…

    Looks like U of W admins want to create their own bond issuing authority, but unfortunately, that would mean even more tuition will be earmarked for that pesky debt service. Again, I’ll let you bright lights figure out where that will be coming from….

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