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Do universities cut back on teachers or administrators?

My new article with Amanda Rutherford addresses this question in the context of US higher education. Confronted with decreasing and turbulent state funding, we see that  2-year colleges closely resemble operational, efficiency-oriented responses to financial decline by maintaining administration and decreasing full-time faculty. ). In contrast, 4-year colleges reflect a more strategic reaction aimed at reorientation by attempting to increase resource allocation to full-time faculty while the number of administrators remains stable. The article is published in the American Review of Public Administration and can be downloaded here

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