This NY Times article highlights how universities are stealing money from students and parents while driving up student load debt:

According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.

Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183, a 221 percent increase.

That’s immoral. Increasing full-time faculty in the California state university system by 3.5% at a time when administrators grew by 221% isn’t justifiable, especially considering the fact that many of those positions pay $1,000,000+:

On the other hand, there are no valid arguments to support the recent trend toward seven-figure salaries for high-ranking university administrators, unless one considers evidence-free assertions about “the market” to be intellectually rigorous.

Unfortunately, that’s just part of the problem:

As the baby boomers reached college age, state appropriations to higher education skyrocketed, increasing more than fourfold in today’s dollars, from $11.1 billion in 1960 to $48.2 billion in 1975. By 1980, state funding for higher education had increased a mind-boggling 390 percent in real terms over the previous 20 years. This tsunami of public money did not reduce tuition: quite the contrary.

For example, when I was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in 1980, my parents were paying more than double the resident tuition that undergraduates had been charged in 1960, again in inflation-adjusted terms. And of course tuition has kept rising far faster than inflation in the years since: Resident tuition at Michigan this year is, in today’s dollars, nearly four times higher than it was in 1980.

In other words, increased state funding in Michigan led to higher tuition rates. It’s impossible to deny these statistics. What’s worse is that there’s no justification for Michigan’s dramatic tuition increase in light of higher state appropriations.

If I could reach every graduate across the country, I’d tell them that they shouldn’t contribute a penny to their alma mater until their alma mater trims their administration. Further, I’d tell them that they shouldn’t vote for legislators who don’t pressure university presidents who don’t trim the administrative fat from their budgets. Standing for the overinflated status quo isn’t acceptable. Period.

University presidents shouldn’t tolerate over bloated administrations. Saying that it’s generational theft is 100% accurate. When Occupy Wall Street was the Totalitarian Left’s latest disruption on campuses, OWS committed some crimes. In fact, they committed some felonies, which caused the police to arrest OWS activists on the U-Cal Berkeley campus. After the police arrested the criminals, students were upset.

To prevent a disruption on campus, U-Cal Berkeley sent out the “Vice-Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion” to tell the students that the administration didn’t call the police, that it must’ve been a student. At that time, the Vice-Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion was paid a salary of $330,000 a year.

As money pours into universities, both from federal grants, from state legislative appropriations and other sources, tuition should stabilize. Rather than stabilizing tuitions, they’re getting spent to increase the size of the administration.

That’s the definition of higher education theft.

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