Paul L. Caron

Thursday, September 29, 2016

John Marshall Is First Law School With Two Diversity Officials

John MarshallNational Jurist, John Marshall Law Adds Diversity Positions:

Two new leadership positions created this summer at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago are focused on diversity.

The school believes it could be the only law school with both a dedicated chief diversity officer and a faculty diversity officer. ... Arthur Acevedo, an associate professor, was named the new director of diversity and inclusion for faculty. ... Acevedo’s appointment comes on the heels of the appointment of Troy Riddle as the school’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.

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Todd, the article you link to says: "It’s not possible to tell exactly how much the rise in administrators and professional employees has contributed to the increase in the cost of tuition and fees."

However, over at 538, Doug Webber provided some analysis and concluded that, "At most, about a quarter of the increase in college tuition since 2000 can be attributed to rising faculty salaries, improved amenities and administrative bloat. By comparison, the decline in state support accounts for about three-quarters of the rising cost of college."

Should colleges hire fewer administrators? Maybe. Are these administrators the primary reason for spiraling student debt? Seems that the answer is no.

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Sep 30, 2016 5:25:04 AM

And people wonder why student debt is spiraling out of control... Article below from HuffPost, not exactly a conservative bastion.

Posted by: todd | Sep 29, 2016 4:24:52 PM

How much more a credit hour are students going to pay for this?

Posted by: Chris | Sep 29, 2016 4:00:49 PM

Finally an institution of higher learning has responded to the overwhelming demands of its paying customers for more administrators to improve this educationally invaluable aspect of the university experience.

There is no such thing as too much diversity, therefore no such thing as too many diversity administrators. The next logical step is to create a new degree: Mistress of Diversity Administration. (If you ask "Why not Master of Diversity Administration?" you flunk out.)

Posted by: AMT buff | Sep 29, 2016 12:38:13 PM