This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Friday, September 9, 2011

ASU Gets Guidelines for Job Reductions

ASU Gets Guidelines for Job Reductions   Watauga Democrat
We had to follow the guidelines that were put out by the general assembly a spokesperson said.  "Those guidelines include abolishing vacant positions, reducing state funding for centers and institutes, speaker series and other nonacademic activities, adjusting faculty workload, restructuring research activities, implementing cost-saving span of control measures, reducing the number of senior and middle management positions, eliminating low-performing, redundant or low-enrollment programs and protecting direct classroom services."


Blogger said...

In case you missed this:
Cutting College Costs

Blogger said...

You notice no talk about cutting assistant vice presidents, assistant deans as well as all their redundant staff.

Deans are bureaucrats in universities, and like their prototypes in government, they just get in the way. And they not only are overpaid, but sometimes if they step down and return to the classroom, they keep their inflated salaries.

Blogger said...

When I first came to ASU, the administration and their staff were housed in one building. Over time they spread out and occupied a second. Then they built the huge building on Rivers Street and they even filled this third building. Office space for deans of colleges and their staff, as well as faculty chairpersons and their staff were in other buildings.

In the early days of teaching, a chairperson was usually someone who was not too good at teaching so the faculty voted him or her to do the unpleasant administrative work, often part time. Over time, deans began to take over the faculty administrative work. Finally, the whole system morphed into professional administrative jobs, including people trained in administration.

The outcome was that eventually the bureaucrats took over the universities and began to see themselves as the employers, with the faculty becoming more like employees. Unfortunately, only the old timers, now gone, remember how it was supposed to be.

guy faulkes said...

Blogger, you have just exemplified the danger of promoting a substandard employee in order to get him out of the way of the productive employees. This happens much more in the public sector than it does the private and is one reason public entities doing the same ob as private are usually much less efficient.

Anonymous said...

Blogger should know.