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A GREAT ARTICLE on COLLEGE TUITION HIKES in the NY TIMES!

When the New York Times agrees with my good friend Bob Shannon I have to gasp in surprise.  Shannon has said for years that college tuition raises are to pay at least in part for bloated bureaucracy and administration and not due to so-called budget cuts.  Here’s the proof that Shannon is right:

By contrast, a major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.

Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 — a 221 percent increase.

The rapid increase in college enrollment can be defended by intellectually respectable arguments. Even the explosion in administrative personnel is, at least in theory, defensible. On the other hand, there are no valid arguments to support the recent trend toward seven-figure salaries for high-ranking university administrators, unless one considers evidence-free assertions about “the market” to be intellectually rigorous.

What cannot be defended, however, is the claim that tuition has risen because public funding for higher education has been cut. Despite its ubiquity, this claim flies directly in the face of the facts.

That article can be found here.

PS:  This is also true in public schools, too.  We have insane salaries and benefits for administrators in Virginia, including Hanover.  The superintendent was paid over $200k last year.  Shannon sent every elected leader and many others the Heritage Foundation report on staffing.  There was in Virginia a 100% increase in administration for only about a 25% raise in students.  I would like to see the so-called Friends of Hanover Schools take that on.  I’ll be right there with them.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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