|Meet the New Boss.|
Not Just The Same
As the Old Boss,
But In Addition
To That Boss
And Some Other Bosses.
You can't walk across campus at any time of the day without passing a Dean or Provost or two. We've had at least 5 high level hires in the past 3 years, but we've been told to get along with our woefully small core faculty and a squadron of harried part-timers. No money for tenure track, but lots of money for the bureaucrats.
We hired a VP 5 years ago who makes more than $200,000. Unlike the President, at least this dude is around on campus, usually fucking up the entire reason we have college in the first place.
"We're top heavy," at least that's what our department administrator says, and she's been here for 30 years. She said to me a few days ago, "In the old days, it was students and faculty. That's what we did. Now it's Deans sending memos and faculty racing around trying to please them."
There's nothing particular in this article that gives me hope about fixing all of this, and, really, I'm only thinking of my own campus. But I liked having the stats that are referenced for the next time I hear some Dean tell me how important students are. "Oh yeah," I'll say. "Half as important as you and your lot?" Oh, I have tenure. Fuck 'em.
In his new book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offers an aggregation of many of the conservative ideas he’s supported, including education policy.
In one passage, Rubio takes aim at the growth in college bureaucracies, which he suggests has gotten in the way of teaching and has led to steep increases in tuition. Rubio says universities should stop hiring bureaucrats.
"One study," Rubio writes, "found the number of administrative employees at colleges and universities (think deputy assistant to the associate vice provost and gender equity administrators) has more than doubled over the last 25 years, outpacing the growth of students by more than two to one."