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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ASU Chancellor Everts Under Fire

   My thinking is that if Chancellor Everts Watauga Democrat is going to catch hell anyway for her administrative changes why doesn’t she just go all out and get rid of most of them?
 
Recent studies reveal
that college costs are rising faster than the rate of inflation, faster than the growth in the number of students, and faster than family incomes. The cause: "administrative bloat."
  
 
  "Between 1993 and 2007, the number of full-time administrators per 100 students at America’s leading universities grew by 39 percent, while the number of employees engaged in teaching, research, or service only grew by 18 percent. Inflation-adjusted spending on administration per student grew by 61 percent during the same period, while instructional spending per student rose 39 percent." Add to the expense is that each administrator has staff. More bloat.
 
Appalachian State Administration has  a Chief Information Officer. What does she do? There is a Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. In my day, advancement was why you had a chancellor. There is a Director of External Affairs and Community Relations. That too use to be the chancellor’s role. A Chief Diversity Officer as well as an Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Compliance. They have to be kidding. A Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts Engagement and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives. Wow! A Vice Chancellor for Student Development. That use to be the old Dean of Students with a less expensive title.
 
When I first came to ASU, administration had one small building. Over time, they expanded into the hospital building. Not satisfied, they then built the present humongous administration building, filling it with middle level managers. Each of them had to have staff. Throw in deans, sub deans and chairpersons, each with their assistants, each with their staff doing jobs that use to be done by part-time faculty. Now you have an idea of what poor moms and daddys are paying for.
 
Some years ago, I took a year off to teach in another country. When I returned there were boxes of memos from the administrators. Like the tree that falls in a forest and no one hears, not one of those memos meant a damn to me. I was not there. But, I reflected on how many person-hours were spent at drinking coffee, attending useless meetings, producing tons of paper, complicating the real teachers’ jobs.
 
Chancellor Everts if you are going to die in combat, at least die in a worthy cause. (As Shakespeare’s Henry VI said "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." (Substitute your own word there.)

2 comments:

USS Rodger Young said...

How come Occupy Wall Street and the other millennial socialist sheep dolts don't protest corporate colleges like Appalachian State University? When we talk about predatory corporations, I can't think of a more thinly disguised predatory institution than a college who rakes its customers over the coals with massive tuition payments guaranteed not to lead to a good job! But if the sheeple are dumb enough to fall for the "college experience" angle the hordes of college administrators and other useless bureaucrats use to justify their overpaid existence, then they deserve it. Colleges are diploma mills with little if no standards. Pay the $50,000 grand, and you get a diploma. If everyone has a degree, then what good is it. When 10% of the population has a degree they had to earn the hard way, it means something.

Former Lurker said...

Thank you, Blogger, for posting about this topic. I know firsthand that the cost of attending even a public university has gotten to the point where a lot middle class people have to take on significant debt to attend. In addition to regular college-age students, I know of a working adult in my family that would like to go back to school and finish her degree, but the cost is daunting.

I agree that administrative bloat is one of the factors contributing to the problem. I also agree with the previous commenter that a corporatization mentality has contributed to the problem. I'm sure those are far from the only factors. However, I feel optimistic that everyone--no matter their political leanings--could agree that there is fat that could be trimmed from administration.