How come our cash-strapped universities can afford so many administrators?

“…The university’s central administrative staff is now almost three times what it was 15 years ago. There was no similar increase in full-time academic staff, the people who teach students or do research, who belong to the faculties and colleges (Oxford, like Cambridge, is made up of colleges, with academics divided between subject faculties; the university itself is a sort of covering carapace and a funnel for funding). In other words, a university that used, in its medieval way, to be a model of self-governance, run by a Congregation of dons — one member, one vote — is increasingly being run by the equivalent of the civil service.”

The UK’s “Education Bubble” is no different from our own.

  • David Murrell

    I just got done presenting a paper at the Canadian Economics Association conference in Toronto, showing that university “fundraising costs” and “management and administration costs”, in proportion to total university costs, have risen in the past 12 years. It’s going on evrywhere.

    • There is a bubble, it can’t go on.

    • Massive university shake up is long overdue.

      There are way too many, expensive, worthless, grievance degree programs. These saddle gullible students with large student loans.

      Colleges need to be purged of this money sucking, anti-intellectual, parasitic scab on higher education.

      No more talk of chlamydia in math class. (My actual experience.)

      It is long overdue to lower the cost of higher education. Quit teaching worthless crap. Purge unneeded administrative staff. And teach classes that lead to jobs.

    • Frau Katze

      The universities are trying to pay for it with foreign students plus higher tuition (and student loans). But there’s a bubble quality here. What if those loans don’t get paid back?

  • canminuteman

    You have to wonder what all these administrators do when they show up for work on a Monday morning. I suspect that thy do nothing t all other than collect a paycheck.

    • BillyHW

      I’m sure the staff is very diverse, too. There’s probably rules about how diverse the staff has to be.

      • terrence

        And the administrators, spend a LOT of time making up these “rules”, while they remain exempt from these rules.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Victor Davis Hanson has been saying this for years. The growth of university administrative staff is triple the growth rate of academic staff.

  • Helios Megistos

    All of “education” must be urgently privatized; all of the “teachers” unions must be dissolved along with all of the school boards!

    • canminuteman

      As far as I know, all universities in Canada were private organisations until the ’60″s. At that time a whole slew of new universities were created (York U, Carleton U), as government institutions, and they started to take over the private ones (U of T, McMaster, Queens, University of Ottawa). I think for the most part the universities, like the hospitals were founded by and run by religious groups. I understand that McGill University in Montreal was founded by James McGill who became filthy stinking rich in the fur trade and used his money to start the university. Under Trudeau,(I think) these places all became government organisations.

      • Helios Megistos

        According to the constitution, education is a provincial jurisdiction; nevertheless, education is historically not the responsibility of government at any level. Public “education” is nothing more than a sordid shakedown of taxpayers by the public service unions in order to feather their own nests; the students are used as hostages because the “teachers” have a quasi-monopoly!

  • Helios Megistos

    “Higher education” is nothing more than a transparent state cult of political correctness-cultural marxism; Isaac newton and John Milton would have put those “admimistraitors” through the sword!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Higher education has become a racket in which taxpayers are ultimately saddled with uncollectable student loans. Administrative drones must be laid off and all curricula with “studies” in their title must be discontinued.

  • terrence

    Much the same applies to K-to-12 education. It seems to be a well kept secret as to how many administrators there are per student in BC. During the last strike/lockout, the teachers union would never answer questions about this – after all, most of them were/are teachers….

    • Clausewitz

      Same goes in Ontario. In my school board there is an administrator for everything, including the letter Q. Also were do you think all of these brain dead “new” teaching ideas come from? Why do we need a continual stream of consultants with so many zombies residing at the board office.

  • Helios Megistos

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