Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Why Not Adjunct Administrators Instead of Adjunct Instructors? It Makes Far More Sense

The Scholarpreneu
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.

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