WKYC-TV took up the topic of the growth in administrators — at the expense of academics — at Cuyahoga Community College in a two and a half minute report by Kim Wheeler that was broadcast on tonight’s evening news.
In it, April Freely, co-chair of the OPTFA organizing committee, helped answer the question, “Should tax dollars go to administration or the classroom?” She pointed out that the growth of administrators is outpacing tenured faculty hires.
“I think that we owe it to our young people to put the money into things that are going to help them succeed,” Freely said.
Students interviewed in the broadcast said funding should be used for academics, not administration, while Tri-C defended its administrative structure as well as its cost.
Tri-C has more than 52,000 students on multiple campuses. It has 15 vice presidents and 20 executive directors, among other administrators.