Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cut Administrators and Tuition, Not Faculty

Wonder why UK tuition is so ridiculously high even while tenured faculty is shrinking and temps are teaching what professors should be? That tuition is going to pay for too many non-teaching administrators.

Top level administrators are being hired at the University of Kentucky at more than twice the rate of full-time faculty, according to UK employee statistics.

The number of upper-level administrators rose 21 percent from 2007-08 to 2014-15, compared to an 8 percent increase in full-time teaching faculty during the same period. That’s a net gain of 100 people in each category.

Full-time faculty have been augmented by specialist and administrative faculty, bringing the total growth in faculty to 12 percent. Specialist and administrative faculty are researchers, librarians and administrators who also teach in addition to their other duties.

Student enrollment grew about 13 percent at UK during the seven-year period.

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