Aargh. To some extent, this is just business as usual, and some might even say that the administrators are the ones who see the bigger picture, and so are qualified to make the best decisions in a difficult situation. But I'll believe that line when I see substantial cuts in administration, rather than an ongoing trend of hiring more and more administrators (and staff to support them), a number of them apparently tasked with making the teaching side (including support to same) more "efficient."
As many of you are no doubt aware, CSU-Pueblo has been tasked with cutting 3.3 million dollars in the 2014-2015 budget. What may be less clear to some of you, is that job cuts are not a “possibility”; they are a foregone conclusion. Faculty and staff alike have been told to expect as many 50 of our co-workers will lose their jobs. More troubling is that, though most faculty just learned the specifics of the cuts on Friday, names and positions have already been submitted to the deans, and deans have submitted proposed cuts to the provost. . . .What this means is that proposals have been put forward with minimal faculty input and without adequate time to communicate information to those on campus and off who will be most affected by the layoffs that are coming.
Image from Jonathan Rees' blog.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The other scandal in Colorado
Less titillating than the Adler case, but ultimately at least as threatening to the effective functioning of universities. I'll let the CSU-Pueblo AAUP chapter, via Jonathan Rees, describe the situation: