Are Bloated Bureaucracies Undermining Higher Education?

Book excerpt and interview with Benjamin Ginsberg, political science professor at Johns Hopkins University and author “The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters.”

From 1975 to 2005, the cost of attending public universities in the U.S. tripled. Benjamin Ginsberg argues that much of the increased cost can be attributed to administrative bloat.

Since the 1970s, Ginsberg notes, the number of administrative staffers has risen  by 235 percent, while the number of faculty and students has increased by only about 50 percent.

Some administrators do so little that they “could be kidnapped by space aliens and it would be weeks or even months before his or her absence from campus was noticed,” Ginsberg writes.

He also says the increase in administrators is taking universities away from their fundamental academic purpose, and doing students a disservice.

Continues at this link to NPR Boston

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