Commentary: Academic Administrators Are Strangling Our Universities

John Londregan, Sergiu Klainerman, Michael Reynolds, Bernard Haykel
Tablet Magazine

Excerpt: We generally think of fossilization, the replacement of bone and tissue by minerals, as a process that only makes contact with campus life at the paleontology museum. Yet a parallel variant is destroying American academic life, as universities substitute administrators for faculty and boost their outlays for administration at twice the rate for faculty.

Today, even tenure-track faculty must think twice about the reaction of administrators as they conduct independent research, speak in the classroom, or express opinions.