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Lol, but if they hire purchasing managers you ding them for administrative expenses.
You are right about one thing: You don't know whether that mentality is going on in higher ed.
Unfettered administrative power often manifests itself in the form of administrative irresponsibility and pathology. At too many schools, presidents and other senior administrators have not only inflated the ranks of their managerial armies of deanlets and deanlings, but have also squandered tens of millions of dollars on such things as renovations to their official residences, foreign travel, chauffeurs, dubious expense accounts and exorbitant salaries while faculty are told to do more with less and students are asked to pay more for less.
The model suggests the optimal staffing ratio is approximately three tenure-track faculty members per full-time administrator, while the current average ratio is two full-time administrators for one faculty member.