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Why American universities are going to implode

From the perspective of Jane S. Gabin

Teachers read now Chronicle of Higher EducationA recent survey of public university presidents’ salaries, and they’re rightfully alarming: 16 earn more than $1 million a year. That’s the whole problem with American higher education. Too many people are making too much money.. If this is not corrected, the US will enter an unprecedented system of social classism.

The obsession with “ranking” refers to the characteristics that make an institution work Really nice. and a commitment to teaching at low cost and delivering “education” at low cost to universities and colleges The overall reputation of US schools means low.

Higher education in the US has lost its way, and will expand due to:

  • Profit is considered above all else
  • The institutions are administration-heavy.
  • Education is fast becoming too expensive which discourages students
  • Teachers Disappointing Teachers have long been considered a valuable commodity.

While some people are still interested in bringing knowledge to the masses, others seem to be only interested in how much profit they can squeeze out of colleges and universities.

The numbers are even higher at private universities, with 26 presidents earning $1.5+ million a year each. salary.com The average salary for a college president is between $238,000 and $436,000. These are just wages so true on top; Management salary they are. one Because the cost of college has increased significantly. in the Hechinger Report, John Markus (May 24, 2016) writes that administrative numbers in American colleges have more than doubled in two decades, “significantly outpacing the increase in enrollment. Vice Presidents, Provosts, Associate Provosts, Special Assistants; inter alia. Another reason is excessive cost Sports programs; 16 college coaches earned more than $5 million Each. British and Canadian universities do not have this high cost.

Tuition fees have increased.. according to American news (September 17, 2021) Average in-state tuition + fees increased 211% in 20 years. The out-of-state average increased by 171 percent. And tuition + fees at private universities increased by 144%. American newsA monitor of these costs says that tuition fees across the board have been “significantly outpacing inflation”.

And where does the money come from for these high salaries and high tuition fees? Mostly from students, their tuition debt has also risen. President Biden forgave $10,000 in federal student loans for some is amazing. Others say that student debt is a “drop in the bucket.” Essentially, tuition fees subsidize those high and often unnecessary salaries.

One way administrators can make their schools more profitable is to keep salaries (except principals, of course) as low as possible. Why hire a professor for $50,000 when four professors can teach the course for $3,000 each? According to the AAUP, 75.5% of today’s college faculty are out of tenure.At least 50% part time. Most aides have low pay, no job security, few benefits, and a “lack of professional treatment and support.” It’s the “gig economy” to a large extent. The pandemic has accelerated the visibility of economic injustices, but not caused them. They already were.

As the number of supporting faculty is increasing Negative results for students It is useless for managers. Writing in Forbes In the year Dan Edmonds wrote in 2015Forbes.comMay 28, 2015) “Underpaid, overworked, and sometimes under- or under-qualified teachers provide inadequate instruction. This happened seven years ago. Nothing has changed.Except tuition has gone up – and tuition has remained very low.

Of the 828 colleges and universities surveyed[1]they had 214 more part-time faculty than full-time faculty. About 30% of the listed schools have more patrons than full-time teachers. And a very large number of schools are very close, employing fewer adjuncts than full-time teachers. Do you think that the recruiters of those schools – whose goal is to get as many applications as possible – receive statistics for prospective students?

Although there are many reports about the huge number of helpers working in poor conditions It has actually changed a little. Even NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counselors), which deals with high school counselors and college admissions staff, won’t touch this topic. NACAC does some great work, the leaders have great ideas. But faculty working conditions, the AAUP notes, are. Educational conditions of students, they are “not primary” for them. This is disappointing.

NACAC has thousands of members Include those schools that employ an army of supporters. Institutions spend a lot of money to join NACAC and attend national conferences, some of which is devoted to vendor sales, booths with essay guides, books on choosing schools, high-scoring guides, and free colleges that can be given to prospective students. And the College Board, which does a good job, offers “Big Future” college fairs where high school students meet admissions representatives and pick up brochures (which skip a lot of information), and those are pretty free. one more time, Too many people are making too much money.

Thousands of schools are meeting their enrollment needs. – Will they have enough paying customers to stay in business? So they invest in recruitment, advertising (including websites) and information sessions to increase their appeal. Everything is designed to bring in more applications, and the higher the number of applications and the lower the number of acceptances, the stronger the school seems. “Higher education” is not involved.

One way the pandemic has changed applications is related to this. Entrance examsWith many schools opting out of the SAT and ACT, they have instead emphasized other admissions criteria.

Many studies have shown how these tests unfairly disadvantage many, including first-generation applicants, non-native speakers of English, and people with disabilities. But this will not continue. And the reason: Too many people are making too much money with exams.Test fees (not for everyone, but they have many paying clients), study books, test preparation services like Princeton Review, Kaplan, Kahn Academy and others, tutors, writing consultants.

Is it any wonder that students, faculty, and ordinary citizens read nothing about the salaries of college presidents? “Higher education” cannot continue on its expensive path.

  • All managers must return a portion of their high salaries in the name of economic fairness.
  • All colleges must give up extras in the name of economic fairness.
  • Colleges and universities should offer good jobs at a living wage all of them
  • Avoid sports programs

When will people realize that “higher education” is not necessary for all careers, that most of what passes for an undergraduate education is a colossal scam perpetrated by the relative few on the many?

Jane S. Gabin, Ph.D.

October 2022

[1] Jane S. Gabin, “Who’s Doing the Teaching in US Colleges and Universities?” (2022)


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