Cost Control In Higher Ed. Seems Lost (Opinion)

Friday, August 17, 2012

It’s become almost a cliche: Whenever “overspending” is criticized, the ultimate culprit often is said to be “administrative overhead.”

But for higher education, this is more than a cliche.

According to a report from the American Council of College Trustees and Alumni, administrative spending rose at 14 of Virginia’s 15 public four-year institutions for the six years prior to the 2008-2009 academic year. The average increase in spending for adminstration: 65 percent.

At 11 of those schools — including the University of Virginia — administrative spending rose at higher rate than academic spending.

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