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The troubling trends in dean-to-professor ratios

November 26, 2012

The troubling trends in dean-to-professor ratios

One of my biggest complaints about higher education recently has been the absurd rise in tuition rates, with an accompanying rise in the number and cost of administrators at colleges.  At the same time colleges are complaining about a reduction in state funding, as an excuse to raise tuition, they are hiring administrative staff at a rate which far outpaces the hiring of people who actually, you know, educate students.  At a time when academic career prospects are so bleak for academics, there are plenty of other people getting rich off of colleges.  I’m relieved to see this article describing some schools where people have pushed-back against this absurd bloat, a bloat that has contributed to tuition rates DOUBLING in the last decade at many schools.  Eliminating this level of corruption would be a great first step toward getting our higher education institutions back on track.

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