California must fight middle-manager bloat in public universities

Though other colleges are not specifically studied, because of the number of campuses in the vast CSU, it’s no stretch to reckon that what caused expenses to rise there are the same forces causing spending increases elsewhere. No, knockers of the professors who toil in the halls of academe, it’s not high academic salaries that are driving the increase. Mostly, it’s a massive increase in hiring and spending on middle managers in nonacademic departments. And, no, mom, pop and junior, students and parents are by no means left off the hook. For decades, they have pushed for plusher dorms, better dining halls and programs that make the university experience a better one, from Title IX equality for women to health care to separate departments aimed at keeping students from dropping out. All of that costs money.

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by The Editorial Board, The Los Angeles Daily News.

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