Winter may be coming to higher education, but not everyone on campus is feeling a chill. A set of new reports has found that pay for tenure-track professors and “academic professionals,” a group that includes athletics, human resources, and student services, has grown by 2.1 percent this past year. Not only is this significantly higher than the rate of inflation, it’s also higher than last year’s raise. If college finances are strained, not every pay stub is showing it.While the news is good for professors and low-level administrators, it’s even better for high-level administrators. Earlier this month, a similar study found that senior administrative salaries increased by 2.4 percent overall in the past year, outpacing the gains seen by other college staff, including those who actually teach in classrooms.The proliferation of unnecessary administrative positions has played a key role in driving up tuition, using resources that could be better spent on the core mission of teaching. At a time when schools are facing financial pressure from declining enrollments and shrinking tuition, one would think that they would be looking at ways to cut back on administrative bloat. Instead, many colleges are doing the opposite, increasing the number of administrative positions and raising their salaries either as much as or more than the professors who work in the classroom.