I've always felt Economics departments at U.S. universities got the short end of the stick. Extremely high demand for the product, but limited capacity, resulting in an overburdened staff. Why? Greg Mankiw takes a look.
It is true that student satisfaction is lower in economics than in most other departments at the university and that student-faculty ratios are higher. I have been told, however, that if you do a regression of a department's student satisfaction on its student-faculty ratio, the economics department is right on the regression line. This fact suggests that our student satisfaction is low precisely because the student-faculty ratio is high.