Huffington Post - College
February 6th, 2014
The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at
U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25
years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty,
according to an analysis of federal figures.
The disproportionate increase in the number of university staffers who
neither teach nor conduct research has continued unabated in more recent
years, and slowed only slightly since the start of the economic
downturn, during which time colleges and universities have contended
that a dearth of resources forced them to sharply raise tuition.
In all, from 1987 until 2011-12—the most recent academic year for which
comparable figures are available—universities and colleges collectively
added 517,636 administrators and professional employees, or an average
of 87 every working day, according to the analysis of federal figures,
by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in collaboration
with the nonprofit, nonpartisan social-science research group the
American Institutes for Research.