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Shawn Vestal: Universities should look at their out-of-classroom spending growth before they start slashing budgets

Shawn VestalMay 22, 2019

As Eastern Washington University wades into the thicket of budget cutting by 3.5% here and 3.5% there, there’s another percentage that’s worth consideration.

One hundred and fifty-five percent.

That’s the growth of administrative and professional positions at EWU between 1995 and 2019, a level of expansion that is three times the rate of growth in students during that period and more than 10 times the rate of growth in instructional staff, from full professors to part-time graduate students.

During nearly a quarter-century in which Eastern’s student population increased by 56%, the growth in faculty ranks crept upward by just 12%.

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