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‘Administrators Ate My Tuition’

30th August 2011

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Apparently, as colleges and universities have had more money to spend, they have not chosen to spend it on expanding their instructional resources—that is, on paying faculty. They have chosen, instead, to enhance their administrative and staff resources. A comprehensive study published by the Delta Cost Project in 2010 reported that between 1998 and 2008, America’s private colleges increased spending on instruction by 22 percent while increasing spending on administration and staff support by 36 percent. Parents who wonder why college tuition is so high and why it increases so much each year may be less than pleased to learn that their sons and daughters will have an opportunity to interact with more administrators and staffers— but not more professors. Well, you can’t have everything.

9 Responses to “‘Administrators Ate My Tuition’”

  1. Dennis Nagle Says:

    Hey, they’re just private enterprises trying to maximize their bottom line. What’s the problem?

  2. Tim of Angle Says:

    ‘Private enterprises’? Obviously you know as little about higher education as you do about economics.

  3. Dennis Nagle Says:

    So, private colleges are not private enterprises? ‘Cause that’s who they were talking about. Or didn’t you read the article?

  4. Tim of Angle Says:

    No, they’re not. They’re non-profit enterprises heavily regulated by the government.

  5. Dennis Nagle Says:

    But they are privately owned, are they not?
    Profit, non-profit, regulated, unregulated: all immaterial. Private is private.

    I see your strategy; when you don’t have an argument, you re-define the terms. Very ingenious.

  6. ErisGuy Says:

    I think it’s terrific that private university hire administrators rather than professors and researchers. Sooner that they are seen as the useless tools they are. Harvard (among others) hates America, and it’s about time it collapses. I’d prefer something more dramatic, but a overly-bureacratized nomenklatura abolishing itself will do.

    And it’s amazing the a private school can outpace state colleges when measured by bureaucrats employed.

  7. Dennis Nagle Says:

    Not so surprising; they have a commodity in demand, they keep supply low and charge out the ass for it.
    The Invisible Hand at work…

  8. Dennis Nagle Says:

    @ ErisGuy: What do you see replacing private colleges and universities? Home Schooling, maybe?

  9. Dennis Nagle Says:

    Well, obviously you are not such a product, or you would know that “contend” is not the correct word…

    I am just trying to imagine a trade school for astronomers or mathematicians. Do you think Steven Hawking would have passed wood shop? I wonder…