When Brian Kisida, Jonathan Mills, and I released our study of administrative bloat in higher education through the Goldwater Institute, we thought it was bad that universities had increased their hiring of administrators (professional staff who are not faculty) at twice the rate of faculty.
I now realize that the perpetrators of waste in higher ed are mere amateurs. The administrative bloat pros can be found in K-12 education. According to a new report from the Friedman Foundation released today, student enrollment has increased 96% since 1950, but the growth in “administrators and other non-teaching staff [was] a staggering 702 percent.”
The report provides results state by state, highlighting the growth in staffing in recent years. Even in the few states where enrollment has declined, staffing levels have grown dramatically. Check it out.