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  • Anonymous

    time for the faculty to get a grip on the real world..higher education is due for big changes and technology will allow students to shop around for courses on line…tenure is going away also…I have no idea if she is an effective CEO of the college but I do know that not everyone should get a 4 year degree and higher education is overpriced..

    • Anonymous

      “First, let’s remember just how important education over the lifetime of a
      person.  An individual who does not graduate from high school earns on
      average $23,452, less than the U.S. average wage of $41,444 per year.  Further, 68% of the prison population is made up of non-high school graduates.”

      If you think education is expensive you should try ignorance.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveodland/2012/03/24/college-costs-are-soaring/

      • Anonymous

        I think the tide is turning the other way….the cost benefit factor is going away ..trades are still an option for some kids …when a vet tech owes 40k from going to school you have to wonder , a pharmacist has to now go 6 years and the list goes on, it appears higher ed is money grabbing by requiring the extra time to get an education that took less years not long ago..

  • Anonymous

    “Lapping told the BDN that many faculty members feel Botman’s high-profile reorganization plan for the school, which called for departments with fewer than 12 full-time faculty to consolidate, has left instructors overworked and has not freed up money for additional classroom spending as promised”.

    Gotta love academia.  I wonder how many hours a year USM faculty members actually spend in the classroom teaching.  I further wonder how many additional hours USM faculty are being asked to engage in productive activity (teaching) that now has them feeling “overworked”.

    • Anonymous

       Kind of a scary thing when “tenured” folk only teach three (3) classes with full time salaires and benefits, and at that they are regurgitating the materials from all their prior years, tweaked slightly for current events. This is not a full time occupation and don’t “threaten” them with the specter of change and more of a class load, heaven forbid.
      But my gripe as a non-teacher is the employment of a publicist, full time for a satellite campus, or even UMO if it has one. I know we are paying for one at Gorham.

  • Anonymous

    Too many administrators…”Between 1993 and 2007, total university expenses rose 35%.  But administration expenses rose a whopping 61% and instruction expenses rose 39%.  In fact, as a 2010 Goldwater Institute study finds,
    “universities have in recent years vastly expanded their administrative
    bureaucracies, while in some cases actually shrinking the numbers of
    professors.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveodland/2012/03/24/college-costs-are-soaring/

    • Anonymous

       Although it is easy to attack “administration” the picture is a bit more complex. Depending on the type of research being done there is a myriad of requirements for funding from agencies such as NSF, DoD, etc. These local, state, and federal requirements many times necessitate staff for handling compliance, response, and documentation not to mention facility standards. This sometimes seems like a double whammy to the liberal arts folks who many times need just a computer and a desk to complete their research and many times take the brunt of downsizing due to bringing in limited outside funds. Additionally, with this increased level of personnel to handle compliance and support to ensure funds keep flowing then comes the piling on of managers, directors, and deans to manage the additional personnel. Institutions have a tough choice, say no to the outside funding and the associated demands or keep the money flowing and provide personnel to manage those demands.

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