Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Fun with the Budget Director
DD (hopefully): So we should just replace people, then.
BD: No, that's a false savings. Switching to adjuncts is cheaper for the college as a whole, even if it doesn't show up in your budget.
DD: But the adjuncts do show up in my budget.
BD: That's correct.
DD: So when someone retires and doesn't get replaced, the college saves money, but my budget takes the hit for the new adjunct courses?
BD: Well, no. Your budget should get reimbursed the cost of adjuncts from the general fund.
DD: I haven't seen that.
BD: Me, neither.
DD: You know, since I've been here, 12 faculty have left, and we've hired six.
BD: That sounds right.
DD: It is. And the college is still looking for money to offset its deficits.
DD: What will the college do when it runs out of people to replace?
(sound of crickets)
DD: I mean, if shrinking the faculty is the only strategy we have to balance the books, we'll hit the limits of that awfully fast, don't you think?
(tumbleweed blows gently in the breeze)
DD: Is there some sort of long-term plan to turn this around?
I have a bad feeling about this...
No telling what will happen to academic standards, or if any research will get done, but we are saving money dudes, so who cares?!
Although I suppose if the grad instructors don't have tuition waivers then the university probably does save money. But if they do then increasing the number of grads teaching is even more expensive.
Some of us wise up, withdraw and teach as adjuncts; but as grad students we are cash cows! Mooo, moooo.
Gotta fight the fight as best you can.
I'm giving it twenty years, at the outside.