U of Minn. administration gets passing grades

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A highly anticipated report gives the University of Minnesota administration passing grades but also shows areas that could be streamlined.

Consultants found staffing levels within four of the university’s administrative offices are “within a broad range of responding peers.” But the report didn’t explicitly say whether the university spends more on administration than similar universities.

The University of Minnesota has been dogged by criticism of “administrative bloat” since a Wall Street Journal article in December reported that the school’s administration had grown almost twice as fast as the student body in the last decade.

In January, top state lawmakers asked that the university compare its administrative costs against other big research universities.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/161agtw ) reports the Board of Regents will discuss the findings Friday.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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