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According to a recent statement by university officials staffing the university with nothing but full-time faculty would necessitate a tuition increase of up to 30-40%. A new independent study simply doesn’t support claims that FT faculty numbers are the cause of rising tuition.
From The Chronicle of Higher Education Online:
“You see it on every campus—an increase in administration and a decrease in full-time faculty, and an increase in the use of part-time faculty,” he said. With that trend, along with rising tuition and falling state support, “you’re painting a pretty fair picture of higher ed,” he continued. “It’s not what it should be. What’s broken in higher ed is the priorities, and it’s been broken for a long time.”
“…new administrative positions—particularly in student services—drove a 28-percent expansion of the higher-ed work force from 2000 to 2012.”
“…the number of full-time faculty and staff members per professional or managerial administrator has declined 40 percent, to around 2.5 to 1.”
“…And the kicker: You can’t blame faculty salaries for the rise in tuition. Faculty salaries were “essentially flat” from 2000 to 2012, the report says. And “we didn’t see the savings that we would have expected from the shift to part-time faculty”
We refer you to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s online edition for details in their piece “Administrator Hiring Drove 28% Boom in Higher-Ed Work Force, Report Says” by Scott Carlson
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