Friday, March 19, 2010

Administrative bloat

“Administrative jobs have increased by 75 percent across the University system since 1999.” A picture is worth a thousand words:

Not only has there been a high rate of growth in administration, many administrators earn very high salaries. 40 vice presidents have combined salaries of $8.4 million.

Spending on administrative has increased at a faster pace than spending on instruction. Between 2003 and 2007, spending on instruction on the Twin Cities campus increased 17.9% while spending on administration increased 28.5%. (See page 45:

The current budgetary crisis demands a reevaluation of these spending priorities.


  1. With very little effort, more than a million dollars in medical school administrator salary can be identified. There is more where this came from.

    Since we don't have a full time Dean, we've got a full time Executive Vice Dean and a bunch of other deanlets. And the ex-dean has a job as VP for new models of medical education [sic] - whatever that is. This is the result of a coup that took place last year in the medical school and a re-organization that left Dean Powell without a job, but only temporarily.

    This re-organization was touted as saving administrative dollars, but that doesn't seem to have happened:

    "The goal here is to first and foremost to consolidate and strengthen leadership in the medical school and to achieve cost savings." U Spokesperson Wolter

    For more on this matter, please see: "Cost Effectiveness is a Sometime Thing."

  2. This morning's Daily contains an interesting little tid-bit:

    "An amendment voted down in the Senate bill would have forced a reduction in colleges’ administrative budgets by 10 percent. Senate Higher Education Committee chairwoman Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, said she would consider the reduction in a separate higher education bill."