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The University of Iowa Sets a Good Example for the Morrill Hall Gang?

Despite disparaging remarks that were unfortunately made by one of the U of M's deans, Iowa seems to have made a lot more headway than Minnesota at cutting down the underbrush to be found in higher administration.

From the Daily Iowan:

Top-heavy bureaucracy?
Fortunately the UI has effectively avoided that pitfall

For the sake of the economy and for the welfare of generations to come in this state, it is imperative we improve the quality of public higher education. This is no simple task. In University of Iowa Provost Wallace Loh's words, "There is no formula."

But here's a start: Focus on hiring high-quality faculty rather than adding to the upper-level administration.

The UI has one of the leanest top offices in the Big Ten. Last fall -- the most recent data available -- university faculty outnumbered administrators 2,276 to 264. And some of the other Big Ten universities with higher administrator ratios are looking to cut back. Between the fall 2007 and the fall 2008, the percentage of UI administrators, executives, and managerial staff decreased from 2.07 to 1.87. The rates of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, the Ohio State University, and the University of Indiana all increased.

Ahem, President Bruininks...

"I think we have more administration than we need," he said. "We need to simplify processes ... and ask whether we need all the administration at all the levels." President Bruininks - Daily, December 4, 2008

We need to do more than ask, President Bruininks?

You need to do something about it!


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