An Epidemic of Administrators

The increasing bureaucratization of education has now reached the tipping point where faculty represent less than half the full-time professional staff at Title IV institutions. I have not seen any data to be able to project when more than half of faculty time will be devoted to unproductive administrative duties, but what I noticed here is that that point will not be too far off in the future.

U.S. Department of Education. 2008. Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2006, and Salaries of Full-Time Instructional Faculty, 2006-07, NCES 2008-172 (Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics).

Only 48.6 percent of full-time professional staff at Title IV institutions are faculty, indicating a surge in administrators. In public institutions, 51.1 percent, while the figure for private institutions is 44%. 


2 comments so far

  1. kellynfp on

    Would those evil administrators be the people who raise the money to pay faculty salaries? Or the ones who recruit the students whose education is the whole point? I don’t know what use it is to describe the percentages of workers in an institution without providing the necessary context. The simple fact that the care and feeding of an academic institution requires the support of lots of people without Ph.D.s doesn’t really tell us much, except that Ph.D.s are heavy resource consumers.

  2. mperelman on

    No. I am thinking of the administrators who make new make work for everybody else. I am thinking of the layers of administrators who administrate other administrators.

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