More Michigan higher-ed dollars going to administrators

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The data show the ranks of administrators and professional staff at the state’s public and private colleges and universities are growing while the ratio of full-time faculty per thousand students is declining. Both four-year and two-year schools are increasingly turning to part-time or temporary instructors to fill faculty ranks.

The report comes in the middle of a decade in which Michigan has seen spiraling tuition costs and massive cuts in state aid to higher education. The average student-loan debt has been climbing as well, reaching nearly $29,000, according to federal statistics.

The increase in professional staff — largely student-service-related jobs — and the decrease in faculty mirror what is happening across the nation, but Michigan is above the national average in both categories.

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