24 November 2012

The Problem with College and How Much It Costs

Whenever I hear folks complaining about the truly ridiculous increases in college costs, I suggest that the fault does not rest with too many tenured or tenure track faculty (indeed, way too many faculty are part-timers) or with the people who do the hard work (maintenance/housekeeping/food service etc.) on campus (indeed many of those jobs are outsourced so the institution can minimize employees and, hence, salaries/benefits)  but the enormous and increasing numbers of administrators. 
Dubious? Have a look at this story in Business Week. "The bottom line: From 1993 to 2009, U.S. universities added bureaucrats 10 times faster than they added tenured faculty."

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