Good short summary on the ridiculous administrative bloat at universities. While it’s arguable the extent to which administrative bloat is leading to spiraling tuition costs (although it is not arguable that it is a factor), it is incontrovertible that administrative bloat is replacing tenure-track faculty. What school doesn’t need another assistant vice-president making $180,000 a year? Sure you could hire 3 tenure-track faculty for that, but we are just employees and are unimportant.
Everyone talks about how we need to run our higher education like a business. Well, this is actually what running higher education like a business looks like. Profit-taking at the top, squeezing the middle and bottom levels. Just like evangelical capitalism.