Aug 10, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
The field of education is ripe for disruption.
College students and their families have struggled to pay for the rising cost of tuition, a cost that has been driven in part by swelling administrative expenses.
Over a 20-year period, the growth in administrative personnel at institutions of higher education has outpaced the growth in both faculty and student enrollment.
Critics refer to this as administrative bloat and contend it shows that universities and colleges are inefficient institutions.
Defenders say colleges are adding administrative staff to meet student needs.
An IBD 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.
The disparity was worse at public universities and colleges, where personnel in administration rose 71%, faculty 58% and student enrollment 40%. Private schools also saw administration and faculty growing faster than student enrollment, although faculties slightly outpaced administration increases.