Thank you for highlighting one of the major problems confronting U.S. higher education ("Deans List: Hiring Spree Fattens College Bureaucracy—And Tuition," page one, Dec. 29). After having taught 50 years in several universities on both coasts and in the Rocky Mountain region, I can testify from experience that administrative bloat has created a cancer in our higher-education system that indeed fattens college bureaucracy while sapping resources for students.
We should eliminate the majority of current administrative positions as well as place term limits on these high-salaried positions, and our colleges and universities will be a better place to offer a true education for our youth. Your nonacademic readers may not know that many current administrators do not teach one single course yet carry a faculty title with tenure to protect themselves if relieved of their administrative positions for whatever reasons.
University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyo.Note from KBJ: My experience exactly. I've been a professor since August 1988.