Harvard has 2,600 more college bureaucrats than it has undergrads

Harvard has 2,600 more college bureaucrats than it has undergrads
Harvard University

“Harvard University employs about 1,352 full-time administrators for every 1,000 undergraduate students enrolled at the university,” reports The College Fix:

This is more than a nine percent increase from the 2013-14 school year, when there were 1,240 administrators per 1,000 students…During the 2021-22 school year, the most recent year for which data are available, Harvard had 10,120 full-time administrators and support staff on its payroll; in contrast, it had 3,899 full-time teaching and instructional staffers. The total number of undergrads that year was 7,483….The growth in personnel at Harvard is almost entirely for non-teaching positions, including many jobs focused on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the Ivy League institution, according to the analysis….

“American higher education burdens under a massive administrative bloat. There are now more administrators than professors,” famed civil liberties attorney and Harvard alumnus Harvey Silverglate told The College Fix. Silverglate has argued his alma mater is suffocating with administrators and recently ran an unsuccessful campaign to be elected to its Board of Overseers to help reform the bloat. His platform included the stance that the institution should “dismiss 95 percent of the bureaucrats.” “Having so many administrators…adversely affects the academic culture…Administrators, with little useful work to do, enact speech codes, with the codes enforced by ‘kangaroo courts’ composed mostly of administrators. These administrators have no idea what academic freedom is, much less due process,” he said….

Harvard employs dozens of full-time administrators and staff in diversity, equity and inclusion positions, both at the university level and within each of its schools.

At the university level, Harvard employs 10 full-time DEI officials, including a: chief diversity and inclusion officer; senior outreach and digital strategy officer; associate director for DEI research and assessment; director of affirmative action and diversity analytics; affirmative action program analyst; senior manager of DEI community engagement; senior director of administration and operations; and an associate chief diversity and inclusion officer.

In addition, each school employs DEI officials.

For example, there are seven in Harvard Law School, six in its School of Public Health, three in the Kennedy School of Government, three in the School of Engineering, three in the Graduate School of Design, six in its School of Public Health, three at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, two in its School of Dental Medicine, and one in the Harvard Divinity School.

The Harvard Business School also maintains an “Advancing Racial Equity & Diversity” team that consists of eight DEI officials: chief diversity and inclusion officer; senior associate dean for culture and community; assistant director of diversity, equity, and inclusion; special projects associate; associate director for diversity and inclusion; senior advisor for programs and initiatives; director of administration and operations; coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion; and director of diversity and inclusion for MBA and PhD programs.

Harvard’s Dean of Students Office also has a roster of 10 DEI staffers.

College DEI staffers encourage illegal discrimination against whites and Asians. For example, at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Director of Race and Equity advocated denying white employees leave because of their race. That director, Johnathan Perkins, also claimed that “every white person is racist to some degree”, and falsely claimed that “white people cannot be victims of racism,” and “only white people can impose racist harm.” These claims disregarded court rulings finding that whites can be victims of racism and nonwhites can act illegally in committing racist acts. Perkins tells whites not to wish him a “Happy Juneteenth” because he will “flip tf out” if they do. He reacted to the death of England’s Queen Elizabeth by saying,“Good riddance.”

A study by a California State University professor found that an increase in “diversity, equity and inclusion” policies at a college is linked to rising opposition there to free speech. “The rise of DEI bureaucracies has actually coincided with the beginning of a ‘Free-Speech Crisis on College Campuses,’” noted the study.

Harvard is not unique in having a large and costly bureaucracy devoted to diversity and equity. By 2011, there were already more college administrators than faculty at California State University, many of them devoted to diversity and equity. And the University of California, which claimed to have cut administrative spending “to the bone,” was busy creating new positions for politically-correct bureaucrats even as it raised student fees and tuition. As the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald noted in 2011:

The University of California at San Diego, for example, is creating a new full-time “vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion.” This position would augment UC San Diego’s already massive diversity apparatus, which includes the Chancellor’s Diversity Office, the associate vice chancellor for faculty equity, the assistant vice chancellor for diversity, the faculty equity advisors, the graduate diversity coordinators, the staff diversity liaison, the undergraduate student diversity liaison, the graduate student diversity liaison, the chief diversity officer, the director of development for diversity initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Diversity Council, and the directors of the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and the Women’s Center.

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