Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan at Flint and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, recently calculated that his university has nearly 100 diversity administrators, more than 25 of them earning over $100,000 a year. Collectively, they cost the University of Michigan, with fringe benefits, about $11 million annually. Adding in other costs such as travel and office space expenses, the total cost rises to perhaps $14 million, or $300 for every enrolled student at the U of M in the fall semester 2017.
Of course, it’s not equally bad everywhere because most colleges can’t afford this much diversity personnel but we all have this problem. Perry didn’t calculate how much money these diversity blabberers eat up in idiotic initiatives, flyers, emails they bombard faculty with, distracting us from real work, etc. So the actual cost is higher.
Before we subsidize more of this insanity with public funds through the initiatives like Elizabeth Warren’s, we need to figure out what tuition would be like without all this expensive, useless stuff.
My school has the lowest paid professors in the state. We also have very low graduation rates. But we waste money on constant diversity activities, none of which center learning, books, or knowledge in any way. All people do in them is get together to chant PC mantras.
So when faculty get together to demand higher funding, I can’t get excited about that. I know from experience that this funding will never go to grow the library or raise faculty pay. We’ll just hire more diversity freaks.
Higher education doesn’t need more money. The way things are right now, it’s only going to make everything worse.