University Of Michigan Now Has Almost 100 Full-Time Staff Dedicated To "Diversity"

Authored by Jon Miltimore via IntellectualTakeout.org,

There are various reasons for surging education costs, but the primary one is the expansion of university administration in recent decades.

Year after year, media note, and sometimes bemoan, the ballooning cost of higher education.

There is no doubt that the human costs of this rise are severeSome 44 million Americans currently carry nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and the delinquency rate is 11 percent.

There are various reasons for surging costs, but the primary one is the remarkable expansion of university administration in recent decades. As Paul Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado, wrote in the New York Times a few years ago:

“According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.

Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 — a 221 percent increase.”

Universities are large and require administrators to function, of course. The problem is there seems to be no end to the expansion. This point was recently illustrated by Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Perry, who also is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, used the University of Michigan as an example to highlight the rise of “diversicrats” (diversity bureaucrats) on today’s campuses. The numbers are astonishing.

1. The University of Michigan currently employs a diversity staff of nearly 100 (93) full-time diversity administrators, officers, directors, vice-provosts, deans, consultants, specialists, investigators, managers, executive assistants, administrative assistants, analysts, and coordinators.

2. More than one-quarter (26) of these “diversicrats” earn annual salaries of more than $100,000, and the total payroll for this small army is $8.4 million. When you add to cash salaries an estimated 32.45% for UM’s very generous fringe benefit package for the average employee in this group (retirement, health care, dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, paid leave, paid vacation, social security, unemployment insurance, Medicare, etc.) the total employee compensation for this group tops $11 million per year. And of course that doesn’t count the cost of office space, telephones, computers and printers, printing, postage, programs, training, or travel expenses.

If you fell out of your chair upon realizing that the University of Michigan has a full-time diversity staff of nearly one hundred employees, one of whom earns more than the president of the United States, you can be forgiven. I nearly did too.

We’ve previously noted that the diversity movement is taking on certain aspects of religious faith. It appears, however, that we missed a similarity: Like the priests of ancient Egypt who amassed huge fortunes for themselves and the medieval popes who sold forgiveness and indulgences, the diversity faithful have found profit in their beliefs.

In many ways the modern American university resembles the medieval cathedral - something that began as beautiful but became a monstrosity when its true purpose was lost.

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RAT005 J S Bach Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:34 Permalink

Went right to the comments, I might be off topic a little.  I'd say the lady in the thumbnail is worth it, what is the problem?

If that lady is providing diversity to cucks that normally have to put a bag over their own head while doing a blued haired fatty feminist, then there is probably demand for another near 100 of them....

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Theosebes Goodfellow D503 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 05:04 Permalink

This cinches it. I"m headed to U o' Mich to get my doctorate in Vapidity. Be gettin' down with my in-klue-shun!

No, seriously, I quit college 2 credits short in my Black Studies degree to go on welfare for life. Not a week later I was down on my luck, on the corner doing precision sheet metal and it took me over 21 years to "get clean".

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Nameshavebeenc… pods Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:52 Permalink

That's what my staff will be for.

I won't have time for any of that silliness, as I'll be screwing the hot chix, surfing porn, doing personal business on paid time, surfing amazon, having naps, LARPing online, and a whole bunch of other non-productive shit. I'll do it all so well, I'll get big raises and other accolades each year.

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Think for yourself Nameshavebeenc… Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:51 Permalink

'but you have no experience!'

 

"I am deeply offended by that! I believe that diversity of competence is absolutely necessary to the establishment of a genuine intersectional workforce. Experience is a fascist patriarchal construct that the oppressive hierarchy instigated to maintain control upon underrepresented minorities. Why are you denying my identity?"

 

'... You're hired!"

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el buitre RAT005 Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:15 Permalink

I wish that ZH would put a least minimal captions on their photos.  There is no indication in the article that the hottie pictured has any connection with the "diversity" staff.  She is probably a beauty contest participant concentrating mightily as to whether she prefers boxers to brief with her lovers.

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MoreFreedom JRobby Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:00 Permalink

But this guarantees salaries a graduate might get (ignoring those who fail to graduate) to pay back their indentured servitude non-dischargeable loans, harder to pay back.

But it's great for university employees and their political benefactors which get kicked back a lot of money from them for the extra business and over market salaries for teaching maybe 5 hours a week (or for administrating which teaches zip).

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Arctic Frost MoreFreedom Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

 

I disagree. I wouldn’t hire one of the liberal schools’ graduates even if you came up with a program paying me to hire them. What business person in their right mind would hire a professional that has been trained to believe their personal sensitivities are much more important than their company’s existence? I bet you find going into the future today’s graduates are going to be finding themselves left out of the great ongoing economy. Who needs them? Better to diversify with graduates from Universities that didn’t waste time indoctrinating political agendas. In my opinion, a liberal University on someone’s resume is a strike against them. A very BIG strike against them. 

 

I feel bad for the kids caught up in their liberal school’s failings but it’ll teach them not to sit on the sidelines when someone else comes along and tramples their rights. One person’s rights trampled, tramples us all. “Don’t tread on me.”

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