The Federalist: DEI-Obsessed Universities Overprice Degrees And Under-Deliver On Them 43_The_Federalist_DEI

March 12, 2024 08:37 PM



By Helen Raleigh | Full article published at The Federalist

Some DEI officers at major universities command incredibly high salaries. Robert Sellers, Michigan’s vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, made $431,000 annually until he stepped down in 2022. OpenTheBooks, a federal spending watchdog, estimates that the 2023 pay and benefits for the University of Virginia’s senior associate dean and global chief diversity officer, Martin N. Davidson, were $587,340, and for Kevin McDonald, vice president for DEI and community partnership, were $521,905.

UVA’s entire DEI bureaucracy likely costs taxpayers $20 million a year, enough to fund a year’s tuition and fees for 1,000 in-state students. The costly DEI bureaucracy is one of the reasons why college tuition inflation, which averaged 12 percent annually between 2010 and 2022, has increased more than any consumer good or service. 

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