The June 4 commentary about the pay rate of college presidents simply ignores the elephant in the living room. Pointing to a ratio between students and faculty as well as stratospheric administrators’ salaries is like discussing a headache when the problem is brain cancer. I say this even though I am a member of a university faculty union, and it hurts to see our children deprived of a good education.
Until we as a society find our way back to supporting the education of our children, universities, in order to survive, must pay big salaries and hire top-shelf people to inspire donations from the community. No longer can universities rely on state legislatures, populated mostly by lawyers who seem to have forgotten where and how they were educated.
Treat the disease, not the symptoms. Putting all sorts of limits and regulations might feel good temporarily, but it won’t cure the disease.