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April 14, 2024

Northwestern employs 1 administrator for every 2 undergrads: analysis –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 15, 2023

Illinois –

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Added nearly 400 new admin roles since 2013 while enrollment remained stagnant

Northwestern University employs more than one administrator for every two undergraduates, including several new DEI staff in its sports program, a College Fix analysis found.

In the past decade, the private Illinois school has created nearly 400 new administrative and support staff positions while also adopting a policy to hire more “diverse” staff.

Meanwhile, its student enrollment numbers remained relatively stagnant.

During the 2021-22 school year, the most recent data available, the university employed 4,258 full-time administrators and support staff, according to information the university filed with the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Administrators and support staff include management, student and academic affairs divisions, IT, public relations, administrative support, maintenance, legal and other non-academic departments.

That year, its reported full-time undergraduate student enrollment was 8,438. That amounts to 505 full-time administrators and support staff per 1,000 undergrads, or more than one for every two students.

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