Archived post

This is an archived post. Please click here to see the latest entries.

« Isaiah Berg: Humanities’ Cost | Home | BREAKING: Faculty Was Misled On AP Credits Policy at Other Ivy Schools »

Hanlon Administrative Budgets Fall

In September 2010, when Phil Hanlon was elevated to Provost at Michigan, he laid down the law for the university’s finances in the face of state funding cuts: we will not diminish the core academic mission of the institution; savings will come from operations:

“The competition for top faculty is ferocious,” he said. “To maintain our ability to attract those top faculty is partly a financial challenge.”

To direct financial resources at academics, many of the recent cuts have been made in the operational support areas, Hanlon said. He added that would continue, with particular attention being paid to the areas of IT and purchasing in the near future.

“We’ve worked really hard to make sure we are avoiding a lot of devastating impact on our programs,” he said. “We’re committed to reducing 1½ percent to 2 percent of our operating budget every year. We are truly focused on operations rather than academics…”

“The current path we’re on can’t be continued,” he said. “The funding model for higher education is broken.”
[Emphasis added]

That’s the spirit! However, Phil was protecting sensitive feelings in trying the find savings in “IT and purchasing.” That’s not where the money is. Look at the distribution of the College’s expenses in fiscal 2012:

Dartmouth Expenses 2012 pie chart.jpg

Salaries and benefits for faculty and the bloated staff constitute 56.7% of all costs. There’s really nowhere else to look for the resources that must be re-directed to hiring top-notch faculty members — especially because most of the final three items on the list below (utilities, taxes and occupancy; depreciation, interest and amortization) are uncompressible; they make up 15.4% of spending.

Addendum: Salaries, benefits and other costs for the faculty alone have been in the range of 13% of all spending for a while now. That’s an astounding statistic in and of itself; the tail is almost seven times as big as the dog. And for people concerned about the cost of athletics, the budget (compensation and purchasing) for Harry Sheehy’s area is a scant 2.5-4% of the College’s total expenses, depending on how you do the calculation.


Featured posts

  • August 14, 2013
    Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
    History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
  • June 25, 2013
    Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
    Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
  • 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…

Dartblog Specials

Subscribe by Email

Enter your email address:

Help, Pecuniarily

Please note

This website reflects the personal opinions of its authors. Any e-mails received may be published along with the full name of the sender. If you wish otherwise, please say so.

All content appearing at should be presumed copyright 2004-2018 its respective bylined author unless otherwise noted or unless linked to original source.




May 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31