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Nov 14, 2005 10:24 pm

The Academic Mandarians and Their Gold

Stories like this that critically report on university administrators are all too rare in the United States, especially in college towns.

According to today's Bakersfield Californian, the University of California paid over 2OOK each in annual salaries to over two thousand employees. Of course, a"spokesman" for the administrative elite has responded with the usual bureaucratic doubletalk about how these inflated salaries fit into a grand masterplan of"targeted strategic investments."

The University of California paid 2,275 employees more than $200,000 last fiscal year, up 30 percent over two years, even as the system continued to cut student services and increase fees, a newspaper reported Monday.....

Officials defended the practice, saying UC needs to be able to compete for the best faculty with other national universities. Only 1 percent of UC's full-time employees earn more than $200,000 a year, university spokesman Paul Schwartz said.

"We have had to make targeted strategic investments, even as we have taken a 15 percent cut in our state funding," Schwartz said."We still needed to ensure we attracted and retained the best people."

The number of employees making at least $300,000 annually climbed 54 percent to 496 last year, according to the newspaper....

The newspaper also reported that the UC system spends about $1 million a year to maintain large homes for its president and 10 campus chancellors.

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Joe Pulcinella - 11/16/2005

Can someone please tell me when the entire university system will implode under its own weight? Sending my kids to college starting in 13 years will make health insurance and Socialist Security look like pocket change. I just can't believe that there are market forces behind this.

Mark Brady - 11/15/2005

Many of those earning six-figure salaries (perhaps most) are professors in law, medicine and business schools who can earn six-figure salaries as attorneys, doctors and directors and would not work in academia unless they receive this sort of money as professors.

David T. Beito - 11/15/2005

Perhaps the philanthropists would rather have their names on the new business school buildings than soup kitchens.

William Marina - 11/15/2005

And you may have read the two pieces in the NYT; one discussing how many university presidents now take in over a million $ a year plus other perks, and how philantrophy is increasingly moving away from helping the poor toward giving to universities, medical research, etc. Well, I guess many of the schools need that help to pay all of these
administrators and projects with Big Pharma!