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Non-Faculty Staff Grew 4.8% Last Year

The number of non-faculty staff members grew by 4.8% last year, jumping 153 employees from 3,175 to 3,328, according to the Dartmouth Fact Book. The number of students was essentially unchanged during this time.

Factbook Staff 1999-2011.jpg

Non-Faculty Staffing 2012.jpg

As the above charts show, in 1999 when Jim Wright became President, the College had 2,408 employees, including approximately 80 employees at the Hanover Inn. Fourteen years later, the Inn employees are no longer part of Dartmouth’s workforce. The difference between the corrected workforce for 1999 and today’s bloated staff is an overall increase of 43%. Growth occurred throughout the College.

In the above tables, the administration has decided to adopt a new manner to characterize workers, moving from Equal Employment Opportunity categories to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) definitions — the better to confuse you with, my pretty.

Any way you cut it, Dartmouth’s brief flirtation with fiscal discipline is over.

Addendum: In the academy, the rule of thumb is that each additional employee costs $100,000 per year. By this measure, last year’s new employees cost the College $15.3 million, not counting the office space and support that they require, along with their parking needs.

Addendum: This statistic came up on the Dartmouth Fact Book site on Monday — about two months behind its usual schedule. My guess is that the Trustees did not want to release such embarassing information at the same time as they announced that annual tuition, room and board, and fees went to $60,201 for the coming academic year.


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