Administrators outpacing faculty at FAU
Here's the key points:
Over the last ten years, as the amount of FAU administrators employed rose from 642 to more than 950 employed last fall, the amount of faculty employed peaked at 1,090 and then started its descent to 1,023 (see sidebar).
And although FAU is still transitioning into a more traditional university, from being known as a commuter school, traditional Florida universities like FSU have far fewer administrators managing far more faculty members.
Last fall, FSU employed 384 administrators to oversee 1,405 faculty members, according to the university’s Office of Institutional Research. And over the last ten years at FSU, the student body has increased from 37,328 to 41.301.
The trend is not abnormal either. Data from the U.S. Department of Education showed universities throughout the nation had increased the number of administrators by 60 percent from 1993 to 2009. Bloomberg Businessweek reported last November that was “10 times the growth rate for tenured faculty.”
With FAU reaching a record 30,301 student enrollment for the first time last fall, and the university still recovering from the last five years of budget cuts, the university has patiently hired more administrators, despite an increasing student-to-faculty ratio necessitating more professors..
When universities employ fewer faculty as enrollment grows and budgets shrink, while hiring more administrators, the universities suffer, according to the American Association of University Professors’ Director of Research and Public Policy, John Curtis.
Makes me wonder how many b.s. positions have been created at FAU so somebody could give their friend a job... and then turn around and sit in a meeting talking about how there's no room in the budget for more faculty.
Interesting article though, helps explain some of the bureaucratic mess at FAU.