August 16, 2012

STUDENT EDITORS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA’S NEWSPAPER have walked off the job and started a blog.

More here. “The student editorial staff of the University of Georgia’s The Red & Black newspaper walked out Wednesday evening after a non-student was named editorial director with final say on all editorial content.” You’d think that with higher education’s — and Georgia’s — budgetary problems, replacing student editors with permanent employees would be a bad idea. But as I’ve noted before, the tendency of universities to add permanent administrative employees willy-nilly is a major reason for the exploding costs in higher education. This empire-building is a natural tendency among bureaucrats, which is what university administrators are. If I were a Georgia taxpayer, however, I’d be pissed.

UPDATE: Several readers say the paper is financially independent. In that case, it’s their problem.

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