Higher Education’s Obesity Problem

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, I write about the recent Goldwater Institute study on administrative bloat in higher education.

Almost everyone laments the increasing cost of going to college, but they usually ask next, “How can we help students afford it?” The question should be, “Are resources being used wisely?” Is the profusion of new administrators (who are usually paid quite well) doing anything to better educate students? Or is it more the case that they’re hired because non-profit institutions need to spend all the revenue that comes in and the decision-makers are inclined to spend it in ways that makes life better for them? The Goldwater study introduces a “public choice” element into the analysis of higher education, and that’s welcome.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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