I have been meaning to blog about this perverse situation for years now and never got around to it, until today. According to this 2017 report by Caroline Simon in Forbes: “The ratio between administrators and faculty continues to shrink: … the number of faculty and staff per administrator declined roughly 40% at most types of colleges and universities between 1990 and 2012, now averaging around 2.5 faculty per administrator.” By way of example, check out this 2018 report by Darik Draplin in The College Fix: “Ohio State employs 88 diversity-related staffers at a cost of $7.3M annually.” Is this state of affairs true of other public and private universities? (See, for example, the chart below, which covers the University of California system, which has ten major campuses across the Golden State.) Either way, 87 of those 88 positions could have been actual instructors or researchers! (Also, how many of these diversity administrators are themselves diverse?)
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