What we talk about when we speak of administration

by VanessaVaile

something to bear in mind when reading (or writing) next #badmin rant

Bryan Alexander

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. addresses the Goddard Space FLight Center on July 29, 2009. NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. addresses the Goddard Space Flight Center on July 29, 2009.

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
Student-counseling psychologist
Deputy head, student financial aid
Deputy head, student admissions
Associate…

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