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Cost Explosion Details
Who should we blame for the College’s out-of-control spending? If the administration published its complete budget, we could better discern responsibility. How about it, Phil? Looking at the 2013 annual accounts (figures are in 000’s), you can see that spending increased in all categories (except for the “other expenses” area) by between 5.17% and 10.31% — even though the consumer price index rose by only 1.72% over the past year. Who was at the helm to set priorities and make decisions?
Of course, in talking to members of the Arts & Sciences faculty, one learns that most requests about funding for new ideas are met with a standard refrain: “We have no money.” Quite a response from administrators who increased their overall spending by $59,875,000 from the previous year. To put that amount in perspective, net income from undergraduate tuition totaled only $119,186,000 in fiscal 2013. How easy it would be, if the administration exercised a little price discipline, to cease being the second-most-expensive Ivy, the one with the least generous financial aid.
So where did the money go? Obviously, with a 153-person jump in the number of non-faculty staff members, and a fat contract given to the laughing-at-the-bleeding-hearts SEIU union, a good chunk of the cash went to the staff. Increases in wages and benefits made up 60% of the budget jump. No surprise there. But beyond that, we can expect that grad programs, included Kim’s Science of Healthcare Delivery program, ate up a lot of dough.
We’re on a road to nowhere.
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…
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