March 11th, 2015
Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com wrote a great article
last year with a modest proposal. Rather than fill universities with
adjunct instructors, why not replace them with adjunct administrators?
Most of the growth of university costs comes from administrative
bloat. Non-faculty staff has grown at more than twice the rate of
instructors – you know, the people who are the ostensible reason a
university exists. As tenured professors retire, administrators kill
those tenure lines and replace them permanently
with part timers. Administrators do this so they can gorge on a higher
salary while demanding more from the refugee ration-packet salary of
academics. Think I am not being generous? Some administrators earn $300,000 a year to fundraise for new football stadium skyboxes. Vice Presidents at the University of Maryland saw their salaries increase by 50 percent between 1998 and 2003, as faculty positions were slashed. All the while adjuncts try to get by with the help of Medicaid or food stamps.