Colleges add administrators, raise tuition

More administrators are pushing up higher-ed costs, writes David Hogberg in Investor’s Business Daily.

Analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that from 1989-2009 the number of administrative personnel at four- and two-year institutions grew 84%, from about 543,000 to over 1 million. By contrast, the number of faculty increased 75%, from 824,000 to 1.4 million, while student enrollment grew 51%, from 13.5 million to 20.4 million.

“Students are coming in less prepared, needing more remedial assistance,” said Dan King, executive director at the American Association of University Administrators. “If they need help from a writing lab or math lab, that’s usually done by administrators.”

Really? Try hiring teachers.

In addition, more staff are being hired to provide counseling and support services, King said.

College tuition rose four times faster than inflation from 1982 to 2005, reported Money magazine in 2009. It’s still rising.