For most businesses, labor is their largest single expense, and for the university racket, that’s no different. An interesting trend of bureaucracy is in the university system where bureaucracy has bred more bureaucracy.While employment of professors has increased in proportion with the student body, the growth of college administrators has been growing exponentially.
According to statistics from Washington Monthly, while in 1975 colleges employed one administrator for every 84 students and one professional staffer—admissions officers, information technology specialists, and the like—for every 50 students, by 2005 the administrator-to-student ratio had dropped to one administrator for every 68 students while the ratio of professional staffers had dropped to one for every 21 students.While colleges are learning institutions (or at least claim to be), it isn’t the educators raking in the big bucks. For that, we have to turn to the administration – and the more ridiculous the role, the more lucrative.
According to the Daily Signal, top public universities pay administrators with jobs related to diversity initiatives an average of $175,088 per year, substantially more than other professors and faculty members, according to a Campus Reform investigation.
A sheet compiling the salaries of the top diversity administrators at 43 of America’s top public universities shows that virtually all are paid at least $100,000, with some going well beyond $300,000.The average of $175,088 per year is more than three times the average American’s salary of $44,980. The lowest salary identified by Campus Reform is $83,237, still almost twice as much as the average American salary.
A 2016 report by the American Association of University Professors found that the average professor salary across ranks was $79,424.
In one example, an administrator at Rutgers University named Jorge Schement, vice chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, made $253,262 in 2016, while most faculty at Rutgers in 2015 made less than $50,000 a year.
The same 2015 review found that the median salary of tenured professors at Rutgers was $121,467, which makes for more than a $100,000 difference between the average Rutgers professor and the vice chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.At New York University, their “Chief Diversity Officer’s” salary of $150,000 is enough to hire 30 adjunct faculty for a year.
This wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that college diversity officers don’t actually do anything of value. Can anyone name a single consequence that would arise if every campus diversity officer was fired tomorrow?