Monday, March 31, 2014

Faculty vs administration numbers

I remember a Dutch professor telling me in 1980 that there was time when the number of admninistrators in his university was a fraction of the faculty number but by then it has crossed. This paper discusses the trends since the eighties in the US. Harvard is apparently bucking the trend. It is apparently leading to protests in some places. A quick search did not lead me to the exact data. From this article  from 2011
"In 2005, colleges and universities employed more than 675,000 fulltime faculty members or full-time equivalents. In the same year, America’s colleges and universities employed more than 190,000 individuals classified by the federal government as “executive, administrative and managerial employees.” Another 566,405 college and university employees were classified as “other professional.” This category includes IT specialists, counselors, auditors, accountants, admissions officers, development officers, alumni relations officials, human resources staffers, editors and writers for school publications, attorneys, and a slew of others. These “other professionals” are not administrators, but they work for the administration and serve as its arms, legs, eyes, ears, and mouthpieces."
This from 2014 has numbers for public schools:
"To get an idea of how drastically the situation has changed over time, consider that in the 1949-50 school year, teachers outnumbered non-teaching staff by 2.37 to 1. In other words, sixty years ago there were 237 public school teachers for every 100 non-teaching staff. Now in states like Virginia, that ratio has almost been completely reversed, and there are now 1.83 non-teachers for every public school teacher in Virginia, or 183 administrators and non-teaching staff for every 100 teachers!"

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