What we talk about when we speak of administration
something to bear in mind when reading (or writing) next #badmin rant
When we say “administration” in higher education, we often mean something far smaller than what administration actually is. Many people focus on C-suite leaders, like campus presidents and vice presidents. They fail to take into account the supermajority of administrators, who are… basically every campus staff member who isn’t a faculty member or student.
Here’s a good example, from the Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s a useful data presentation on salaries (not total compensation) earned by “professional staff members on college campuses”. The term “administration” covers them all.
For example, staff working in student life/student affairs include:
Deputy head, student counseling
Head, campus recreation/ intramurals
Head, women’s center
Head, campus graduate admissions
Head, campus ministries
Head, minority / multicultural student affairs
Deputy head, student financial aid
Deputy head, student admissions
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