“Administrative jobs have increased by 75 percent across the University system since 1999.” A picture is worth a thousand words: http://www.mndaily.com/2010/01/28/statistics-show-increase-admin-positions
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. http://www.mndaily.com/2010/01/26/share-sacrifice
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: https://www.goacta.org/publications/downloads/MNReportFinal.pdf)
The current budgetary crisis demands a reevaluation of these spending priorities.