Thursday, October 20, 2016

University bureaucracies grew 15 percent during the recession - Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report/Atlantic

The number of people employed by public university and college central system offices like this one — which critics complain often duplicate work already being done on the campuses they oversee, with scores of bureaucrats who have no direct role in teaching or research — has kept creeping up, even since the start of the economic downturn and in spite of steep budget cuts, flat enrollment and heightened scrutiny of administrative bloat. From just before the recession until 2014, the latest year for which figures are available, higher education central system office staffs grew by nearly 4 percent, according to federal data analyzed by the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with The Hechinger Report.

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