When “Cost Cutting” and “Staff Cuts” Are Passed Off as Reductions in Administrative Bloat


At the end of December, the Wall Street Journal published an article by Steve Herbert titled “Colleges Trim Staffing Bloat.” So, if you did not read any further than the title, you might think that all of the attention to administrative bloat as a cost-driver in American higher education was finally producing some results.

Think again.

The article focuses on cost-cutting measures at four institutions that seem to have been selected as much for their geographic diversity as for their relevance to the stated topic: the UC-Berkeley, Kansas, Michigan, and the SUNY system.

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