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How Bloated Is My College?

The College’s Office of Institutional Research is usually quite regular in releasing annual updates to statistics about the College, but this year the people there are late in letting us know just how bloated Dartmouth’s non-faculty staff has become. I wonder why? Loyal readers, of course, know the answer to that question: the College has kept on hiring like its 1999 — and students, and even The D’s editorial staff, are not happy about the resulting cost explosion.

The total non-faculty staff numbers are now about a month late. I expect that they haven’t been released because of the current tuition increase announcement. The last ones were released on February 7, 2012.

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These figures, when we finally see them, will add another year to the sad story below. In 1999 when Jim Wright became President, the College had 2,408 non-faculty staffers, according to the Dartmouth Fact Book. And that figure included about 80 employees of the Hanover Inn. Wright hired almost 1,000 people during his time in office — a period during which the number of undergrads was stable — thereby expanding the staff by 40%, with growth in every part of the ill-managed administration:

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Last year there were 3,175 non faculty staffers, but recall that the 80 Hanover Inn staffers are no longer part of this count, the Inn having been farmed out to private management.

When this year’s figures come out — if they come out — I expect that they are going to be through the roof.

This is where tuition money is going, folks. Too many staffers getting paid much too much, as we saw yesterday. End of story.


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