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And the Bloat Goes On and On
After a brief pause to reduce the College’s headcount in 2010 — though to be fair, the majority of the reduction came about due to hiving off the Hanover Inn’s staff to a private business — the administration is back to its bad old ways. The number of non-faculty staff increased by 119 people in 2011 over 2010. As the Dartmouth Fact Book reports above (a composite of two editions), total staffing at the College has risen from only 2,408 people in 1999 (a figure that included Inn employees) to 3,175 employees in the fall of 2011. Try as I might, I can’t find staffing figures prior to 1999.
Given that wages and benefits are approximately 60% of the College’s annual budget, any future downturn in the financial markets will have to come out of staffing levels.
The question remains: While we added almost no students between 2010 and 2011, why did we need another 119 people on the payroll, especially given that the administration was supposedly in full cost-cutting mode? As the faculty knows, none of these new staffers are gracing any of Dartmouth’s undergraduate academic departments.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…