College Bureaucracies Grew 15% during the Great Recession, while Budgets and Tuition Rose

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From The Hechinger Report:

Even if some system offices are finally taking over functions once left to the campuses, any widespread savings — as measured by collective reductions in positions and spending — have yet to show up.

The number of executive, administrative and managerial employees on university campuses nationwide continued its relentless rise right through the recession, up by a collective 15 percent between 2007 and 2014, the federal data show. From 1987 to 2012, it doubled, far outpacing the growth in the numbers of students and faculty. At many four-year institutions, spending on administration has increased faster than spending on instruction, according to the Delta Cost Project, which tracks this.

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