Author Randy Evans oversimplifies the complex realities universities have faced for decades.
Evans implies that administrative expenditures are out of control, but that is not true nationally or at Iowa’s universities. In fact, Iowa’s universities are under-invested, if anything, in several important functions compared with their peers.
External pressure for accountability now requires specialized attention to affirmative action, student rights and privacy, environmental regulation, workplace health and safety, and more complex rules for accreditation and student financial aid. Universities are subject to all the regulatory demands facing business and agriculture, and more. Yet Iowa’s universities have kept their administrative overhead low to the point of under-investment.