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University of Akron President Calls Higher Education A "Competitive Marketplace"

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With challenges like decreasing state support and increasing administration costs, the role of a college president can be a tough gig. But as StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen tells us, new University of Akron president Scott Scarborough says he's committed to getting his school on a positive financial track.

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

A recent report from the American Association of University Professors says there's been "explosive growth" in administrative spending on campuses across the country.

But in a recent interview with WCPN's Tony Ganzer, The University of Akron's new president Scott Scarborough said the complexity of today's higher education requires more non-faculty staff to help provide a widening array of student services and facilities

"It's a competitive marketplace," Scarborough said. "Students have many, many choices, and they're going to want to come to an institution that has the facilities and equipment that helps support the kind of higher education that they believe that they need."

Scarborough has a track record of streamlining costs at the handful of other colleges listed on his resume.

He says he's using his first 90 days at the helm assessing what steps he may pursue at the University of Akron to balance academic and non-academic investment.

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