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Ohio State tops the list of "most unequal public universities"
Student debt, adjunct faculty soared at the 25 state schools that paid their presidents the most
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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A new study says E. Gordon Gee was the highest paid university president at a time when student debt and adjunct faculty climbed well above average.
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A new study says student debt and the use of part-time faculty grew at a far greater rate at state universities that paid their presidents the most. And leading the list of what the study calls “most unequal public universities” was Ohio State. 

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The review by the liberal-leaning Institute for Policy Studies looked at the top 25 universities when it comes to administrative pay and compared them to the average of all such state schools.  It says administration at the top 25 cost twice as much as spending on scholarships. And the number of full-time faculty plummeted, while adjuncts soared.

The study covered 2005 through 2012, and found the pay for the presidents at the 25 schools climbed by a third even during the recession, and averaged close to a million dollars in 2012.

The report says Ohio State paid former President Gordon Gee nearly $6 million in total compensation from 2010 to 2012, and hired 670 new administrators. During that time, student debt grew 23 percent faster than the national average. 

This study is separate from the annual survey by the Chronicle of High Education, which found that public university presidents, on average, are getting packages of nearly half a million dollars a year. That’s up 5 percent from the year before. It also found athletic coaches make up 70 percent of the university employees who made $1 million or more.

 

 

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