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> its leadership is completely inept at fighting for its people against the cost-cutting mediocrities

The worst thing about the "cost-cutting mediocrities" is the cost-cutting doesn't extend to themselves:

"Forty years ago, America’s colleges employed more professors than administrators. The efforts of 446,830 professors were supported by 268,952 administrators and staffers. Over the past four decades, though, the number of full-time professors or “full-time equivalents”—that is, slots filled by two or more part-time faculty members whose combined hours equal those of a full-timer—increased slightly more than 50 percent. That percentage is comparable to the growth in student enrollments during the same time period. But the number of administrators and administrative staffers employed by those schools increased by an astonishing 85 percent and 240 percent, respectively."[1]

[1] http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/septemberoctober_2...

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