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University Administrative Glut Worse Than We Thought – The American Interest

Overall, the industry has added an average of 87 administrative positions per day, a rate has scarcely slowed since the economic downturn, despite tuition increases. 

This is pretty funny (funny-clueless), in that it is the same sort of hilarious “logic” that gives us “US crime rate drops despite increase in prison population,” and “US bankruptcies increase despite growth in financial regulation.”

Education administrators control both growth in administration and in tuition.  Why is it a surprise that both rise in tandem?  I mean, what do you expect them to spend money on?  Teachers?

Remember Pournelles Iron Law: 

Current Chaos Manor mail

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in
any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who
work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for
the organization itself.

Examples in education would be teachers who work
and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to
protect any teacher including the most incompetent.

The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.

Ipso, meet facto.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


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