Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cutting Your Way to Greatness
I saw something like this happen near the end of my grad school days. That university saw a modest drop in enrollment that continued for a decade or so, but it was compounded by a shift in interest from Evergreen subjects to Business and Engineering. Good luck transferring a professor from Sociology to Management. They went to zero adjuncts and zero hiring in some departments and were still losing money. Enrollment shifts were on the order of 50%! If you see it coming, you need to start planning now. (At least you can see it coming. We had no clue that dev ed would be abolished until the day before the bill was passed, although it took a year or two to implement it.)
You are 100% correct about visioning. A key could be to open the books and show what the trend lines predict. Statistics like the correlation between HS grad numbers and CC enrollment can be quite convincing if tied to revenue and budgets. Keeping the faculty out of the loop leads to counterproductive rumors and mistrust. Including them will add creative minds to the process. The trick is to have an honest discussion of those issues on campus while providing an upbeat narrative to the local stakeholders and future students.
Also agree 100% on debt, even when it isn't actually debt. We have one building that was built when someone hadn't looked at K-12 enrollments and birth rates a decade or two ago, but at least we only have to heat and cool it. The state paid for it.
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