College hiring: Helping students or padding payrolls?

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Colleges and universities over the last decade have hired "an explosion of new workers" to fill administrative jobs while relying increasingly on part-time faculty and graduate students to teach students, a new report finds.

Spending grew fastest for jobs that involve direct contact with students, such as financial aid, counseling, student activities and health care.

The report contrasts with a recent string of studies, including one released last week by the non-profit American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a conservative organization in Washington, D.C, and a 2010 analysis by the Goldwater Institute, a conservative, Phoenix-based think tank, that have blamed rising college costs on an expansion of jobs that have little to do with the education of students or discovery of knowledge.

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