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The Hiring Binge Continues: +115

(For students returning to campus, we are re-printing a few highlights from last term.)

We’ll cut Phil a little slack and assume it’s all Carol’s fault, but whoever is responsible, the College added 115 people to the non-faculty payroll between November 1, 2012 and November 1, 2013. 115 people! These are employees most often with offices, desks and computers, training budgets, professional development conferences, trips to Ghana, and on and on. The total number of non-faculty staff members rose by 3.5%, a discouraging result after last year’s equally sad jump of 153 staffers — 4.8%. Here are the details:

Staff Headcount November 2013.jpg

Let’s look at the bigger picture: in 1999, before Jim Wright opened the floodgates of mismanagement, the College had 2,408 non-faculty employees, and that figure included 75-80 people working at the Hanover Inn (the Inn is now managed by an indepedent company, and these people are no longer on the College’s payroll). Today’s figure of 3,443 staffers is 47.6% higher than the adjusted 1999 figure, and keep in mind that the number of Dartmouth undergraduates has not changed:

Non-faculty Staff 1999-2011.jpg

Note that there was a dip in the number of people on staff in 2009 and 2010, but the administration has more than grown enough to make up for those cuts. In fact, the College’s total staff level has never been higher than it is today.

To give you a better sense of the College’s priorities, the number of FTE faculty members increased by a grand total of only seven professors from 2012 to 2013 — a jump of 1.5%:

Faculty 2013b.jpg

Since 2010, the faculty has grown by 27.4 professors (6.38%), and the staff has grown by 387 people: 12.66%.

To put things another way, by 2020, if we keep up recent rates of growth, we’ll have more staffers than we have undergrads. The downward death spiral continues.

Addendum: Continuing with our ongoing comparison between the College and Brown, in 2012 Brown had 2,992 full-time non-faculty employees (we now have 3,092) and Brown had 768 parttimers (we have 351). Recall that Brown has approximately a third more students and faculty than Dartmouth. In fiscal 2013, Brown paid out a total of $388,895,000 in wages and benefits; we paid out $475,844,000 — a difference of $86,985,000. That’s 22.3% more payroll (including for the faculty) at the College, even though we are the smaller school.


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