Kaler tells lawmakers U of M has actually cut administrative spending


University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler testified to Minnesota legislators Tuesday, defending the U of M against the suggestion that its administrative costs are bloated.

Kaler told the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee a recent article in the Wall Street Journal mischaracterized a number of university positions as administrative jobs, creating a misleading picture of how the university's salary money is being spent. Kaler says the U of M has actually cut administrative costs in recent years.

His remarks at the Capitol came as lawmakers begin to consider the university's $1 billion funding request for the next biennium. Kaler's testimony was consistent with other remarks he's made since the Wall Street Journal piece was published. Those include a commentary he sent to the Star Tribune.

Here is a link to a video of Kaler's testimony before the Senate committee.

Here is the Wall Street Journal article that sparked the hubub.

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