Sack the Administrators for the Good of Higher Education

The share of higher education budgets that goes to instruction has declined, while the portion spent on administrative costs has increased — via College Students Paying More for Less – NYTimes.com.

A colleague has written from University of Tennesse at Martin that the administration there plans to consolidate departments in order to save approximately $400,000.  These kinds of amalgamations will take place more frequently as the economic problems deepen.  The solution that fails to occur first to many administrators is the abolition of administrators to save money.  The New York Times article presents data indicating that is where the trimming should occur, since administration has grown over the years at the expense of instruction.  Call this trimming data-driven management.

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