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Non-faculty Staffing: +63 People In 2016
Let’s take a break from tales of declining application numbers, the hiring of experientially and morally unqualified deans, the firing of dedicated faculty members, and the administration’s active deception of fraternity leaders, and check in on the College’s backbeat: the ever-growing bureaucracy. In 2016 the College added 63 people to the ranks of the non-faculty staff (outside of Geisel):
As you can see, the administration actually does know how to cut out waste: in the depths of the financial crisis in 2009 and 2010, Jim Wright attempted to clear the decks for an incoming Jim Kim. A total of 345 people were removed from the payroll (though about 75 of those were employees of the Hanover Inn, who were given to the Inn’s private operator). Still, for people who think that our bloat is caused by federal regulation, etc., we were able to cut staff significantly once we had the fear of god (and a declining endowment) in us.
Then Jim Kim showed up, and he spoke endlessly about his desire to cut costs. Of course, to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, the louder he talked of his budget cuts, the faster he hired more bureaucrats. Under Kim, total spending increased each year, and look at the increase in headcount in 2011 and 2012 above.
Each hire represents a great deal of money — fungible dough that could be used to push faculty salaries back into the the top tier of institutions of higher education. The money could also go to hiring new faculty members so that students enjoy smaller classes, and the world benefits from research conducted by the College’s professors. How did the size of the non-Geisel faculty vary in the same 2004-2016 time period?
Doesn’t look too bad, does it? Not unless you focus less on the visuals and more on the x-axis. Last year the faculty grew by only six people, and the year before that not at all. Compare that growth to the two-year increase in the non-Geisel staff: 91 new staffers.
Let’s step back and look at the administration’s performance from 2011-2016, what we might call the Kim/Folt/Hanlon era. Total headcount growth of faculty and staff compared:
That’s an additional 49 faculty members, and an extra 386 staffers. Oh, joy.
Even in percentage terms, the growth is highly disproportionate:
For every new faculty member that we hire, we add 2.3 staffers.
We’re on a road to nowhere with Phil and Carolyn in the lead (aided and abetted by the know-nothing Trustees). Will nobody do anything about this mess?
Addendum: The above figures come from the most excellent Dartmouth FactBook.
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