Another look at the concept of staff bloat

October 25, 2017

“The growth of non-faculty postsecondary staff is blamed for everything from rising higher education costs, increased student debt, and the loss of faculty autonomy,” writes Joshua Kim. The author notes, however, that “if staff are so bloated, why is it that every part of higher education that I observe seems to be so understaffed?” Kim argues that faculty and staff need to stop looking at postsecondary funding as a zero-sum game, and to instead unite behind the notion that education as a whole is being underfunded. “Staff and faculty should be allies in the fight to invest postsecondary resources in people,” Kim concludes. “We should be working together around public funding, while fighting trends to outsource work or reduce positions to temporary or part-time.” Inside Higher Ed