Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stop Using Students as ATMs

FRPE members Bruce Braun and Teri Caraway have a letter in today's Daily.


  1. From the Daily site, my comment:

    To buttress the argument of my colleagues, it is not only in CLA that the black hole of cost pools - tribute to Morrill Hall - is a problem. As the Dean of the Carlson School put it:

    Ms. Stahre asked if, given current constraints, the deans feel quality in their colleges has suffered because they are unable to make investments. Dean Davis-Blake said that quality is going down because the quality of the student experience has declined, which is related to uncontrollable central costs. At the Carlson School, they have fewer TAs, fewer classes, more students in classes, the building is less clean, there are fewer advisers, they have more adjuncts, and they have less information technology. All of these things are happening.


    Dean Davis-Blake said there have been many attempts by individuals and the colleges to put numbers on the effects, and the aggregate numbers are clear. What is more difficult is the will to take action: Central costs must go down or in four years her college will be spending more on central costs than it does on its faculty. Making that change will require hard choices and it will require that the University model revenue and live within its budget.
    Source: Senate Committee on Finance and Planning
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

  2. A great piece. I've linked it.