January 1, 2013
TAXPAYERS VS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES:
Deans List: Hiring Spree Fattens College Bureaucracy--And Tuition (DOUGLAS BELKIN and SCOTT THURM, 12/28/12, WSJ)
The bureaucracy finds numerous ways to spend money. Officials have spent millions planning a not-yet-built residential community 20 miles from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus designed in part to showcase sustainable energy and environmental stewardship.Administrative employees make up an increasing share of the university's higher-paid people. The school employs 353 people earning more than $200,000 a year. That is up 57% from the inflation-adjusted pay equivalent in 2001. Among this $200,000-plus group, 81 today have administrative titles, versus 39 in 2001.Administrators making over $300,000 in inflation-adjusted terms rose to 17 from seven.Many forces besides administrative overhead add to universities' cost pressures, among them health-care and retirement expenses. And among the administrative spending, some is unavoidable, such as that owing to federal rules requiring greater spending to oversee research grants or accommodations for students with disabilities.
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2013 12:59 PM