We're not moving in the right direction. Our total enrollment is down 17.7% over the ten years, from 2006 to 2015. TT faculty are down by 20.5%. Perhaps classes taught by missing TT positions were covered by NTT colleagues, whose numbers held steady.
But despite losing one in five students, we have just as many "Executive Administrative Professional" positions as we did ten years ago. And we have 6.5% more "Professional Non-Faculty".
So over the last ten years we lost 175 TT faculty; we gained 98 "Professional Non-Faculty". In 2006 we had 46 more TT faculty than Professional AP staff, the more familiar category of "Professional Non-Faculty" (845 to 799). But in 2015 we had 152 more AP than TT.
Anyone who's dipped into this iteration of the blog (congratulations!) knows that I have been skeptical of claims that administrative bloat is our fundamental problem. I wasn't entirely wrong. For example, this chart posted by the Southern puts total administrative salaries at SIUC at just about $20 million. $20 million happens to be just about how much Rauner's proposed budget cut would cost this campus. I don't think anyone would seriously propose that we can eliminate every penny in administrative salaries at SIUC.
But I also like to be fact-based. The fact that TT faculty numbers are plummeting while administrative positions hold steady or grow has me changing my tune. Unless there's some grave error in the figures above, we should be able to cut a sizeable chunk from administrative costs. Given that administrative numbers have yet to fall despite student numbers falling by 1/5, a rough and ready estimate suggests we should be able to cut administrative funding by 1/5, i.e., $4 million dollars, which conveniently amounts to 1/5 of the cuts proposed by Rauner. In other words, the Raunerite argument that Higher Ed cuts can be met mainly by cutting administrative waste is 1/5 correct. That's higher than average for him.
More importantly is a local conclusion to be drawn from this analysis (admittedly rough & ready). We should demand that our administration identify sizeable administrative cuts before making any cuts to TT and GA positions. Those positions have already been cut. Administration hasn't.
Here are ten-year figures from fall 2006 to fall 2015.
Students ("total enrollment"): -17.7% (21,003 to 17,291)
Full time tenured/tenure track: -20.5% (845 to 672)Notes:
Full time NTT: +0.4% (539 to 541)
Executive Administrative Professional: unchanged (209 to 209).
Professional Non-Faculty: +6.5% (1410 t0 1502)
Secretarial/Clerical: -13.4% (968 to 838).
Technical/Para-Professional: +29.8% (403 to 523)
Skilled Craft: -4.4% (181 to 173)
Service/Maintenance: -9.6 % (477 to 431)
Graduate Assistants: -13.2% (1669 to 1448)
Total Employees: -6.9% (7178 to 6686)
1. Between fall 2010 and fall 2011 all 57 employees in the "Professional CS" category disappeared, never to reappear. As I suspect this is due to a change in classification, rather than a decision to layoff all these employees, I leave them out of the figures.
2. The only employment category to include part-time employees was faculty; we had 223 part-time faculty in 2006 and 168 in 2015. As these folks aren't classified as TT or NTT, and no other category has part-time employees, I omitted them from the figures above.