Payroll for State Universities Grew Over Last Decade

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – A newspaper analysis has found that payroll for the 14 Ohio public universities grew by nearly $1.4 billion over the past decade.

The Dayton Daily News reports that pay for vice presidents, deans and lower-level administrators has swelled during that time, which experts say has contributed to inflated tuition and taxpayer expense.

The largest spike came in institutional support, or administrative jobs, which grew 25 percent with inflation. Instructional payroll and benefits also increased.

Higher education experts say the bloat extends beyond the upper ranks. Other non-teaching posts also have ballooned.

University officials concede that administrative ranks have grown, but they say that’s largely due to increased federal regulations requiring more people to monitor compliance.