September 22nd, 2014
U.S. colleges and universities are overspending on unnecessary programs
and campus perks – often financing pet projects via a growing
“subclass” of adjunct and part-time faculty, says Robert Reich, former
U.S. Secretary of Labor and now a professor of public policy at the
University of California—Berkeley.
In a recent interview with U.S. News & World Report, Reich
addressed the rising cost of a college education and drew a correlation
between how schools spend their money and the cost for students. He
believes schools are overspending on amenities and that college and
university bureaucracies have become too large and redundant.
“You don’t need that many administrators,” he says.A report published
in April by the American Association of University Professors may
support Reich’s contention.
“Losing Focus,” an annual report on the economic status of U.S. college
faculty, presents data that indicate lopsided growth of administrative
staff and a disparity in wages for top administrators and professors.
The report claims disproportionate increases in the hiring of contingent
faculty (part-time and non-tenure-track adjunct professors).