From the NY Times article "Slowly, as Student Debt Rises, Colleges Confront Costs
"At a time of diminished state funding for higher education and uncertain
federal dollars, Ohio State University president Mr. E. Gordon Gee [MP: Highest paid public-university college president at almost $2 million per year] says that public colleges and universities
need to devise a new business model to pay for the costs of education,
beyond sticking students with higher tuition and greater debt.
“The notion that universities can do business the very same way has to
stop,” said Mr. Gee, who is also the chairman of a commission studying
college attainment, including the impact of student debt.
College presidents across the country are confronting the same
realization, trying to manage their institutions with fewer state
dollars without sacrificing quality or all-important academic rankings.
Tuition increases had been a relatively easy fix but now — with the
balance of student debt topping $1 trillion and an increasing number of
borrowers struggling to pay — some administrators acknowledge that they
cannot keep putting the financial onus on students and their families.
Increasingly, they are looking for other ways to pay for education,
stepping up private fund-raising, privatizing services, cutting staff,
eliminating departments — even saving millions of dollars by
standardizing things like expense forms.
Colleges can be top-heavy with administrators and woefully inefficient,
some critics say, and some have only recently taken a harder look at
ways to streamline their operations."
MP: Ohio State University might provide a good example of an institution "top-heavy with administrators" and other full-time non-teaching personnel.
The chart above displays the number of non-teaching full-time employees at Ohio State, which totaled 21,178 in 2010 including 1,634 Executive/Administrative/Managerial, 11,143 Other Professional (Support/Service), 3,502 Technical and Paraprofessionals, 2,794 Clerical and Secretarial, 602 Skill Crafts and 1,503 Service/Maintenance, according to U.S. Department of Education IPEDS data
. In contrast, Ohio State employed 3,359 full-time faculty in 2010, for a ratio of 6.3 non-instructional full-time employees per one full-time faculty.
A comparison over time at OSU and a comparison to other institutions would be illustrative, but the 6.30-to-1 ratio documented above would seem prima facie to indicate a high degree of "administrative top-heaviness/bloat." It's also consistent with documented growth over time in administrative ranks at most public universities, see this CD post and this Goldwater Institute study, "Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education