Tuesday, August 17, 2010

39 percent to 18 percent

The Goldwater Institute -- and remember it is always critical to identify the sponsor of any poll or report -- indicates in a new report that university administrations across the country are bloated.

The report (embedded in this link) suggests that for every 100 students enrolled between 1993 and 2007, full-time administrators grew by 39 percent while new faculty hires advanced only 18 percent.

In the executive summary, the authors state:
A significant reason for the administrative bloat is that students pay only a small portion of administrative
costs. The lion’s share of university resources comes from the federal and state governments, as well as private gifts and fees for non-educational services. Th e large and increasing rate of government subsidy for higher education facilitates administrative bloat by insulating students from the costs. Reducing government subsidies would do much to make universities more efficient.

Yes, the report names names (and you can find those in the link to Appendix B). For example, the authors contend that Baylor University increased by almost 150 percent its number of administrators while increasing its faculty lines by about 10 percent. On the other end, Clark Atlanta University increased its administrators by about 10 percent and added about 33 percent more faculty.

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