Paul L. Caron

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Marquette To Cut 225 Faculty And Staff As Part Of 25% Reduction In Academic Spending; $12 Million Budget Surplus To Be Used For Strategic Priorities

Following up on my previous posts:

Wisconsin Public Radio, Marquette University To Cut 225 Faculty And Staff Positions By July 2022:

Marquette University will cut 225 faculty and staff positions by the end of June 2022, according to a recently approved campus budget. Employees say cuts of that level may impact the quality of education at the Milwaukee-based institution and goes against its Jesuit mission.

Talks of budget cuts aren't new at Marquette University. Assistant Professor of Theology Kate Ward said they've been hearing for the past year that 25 percent of the university's academic expenses need to be cut. ...

On Dec. 7, Ward and other teaching staff at Marquette got their first look at the university's 2022 budget, which was approved by its board of trustees during its December meeting. It states that Marquette's "overall compensation" will decrease by $34.2 million in 2022 by cutting 225 out of 2,811 faculty and staff. At the same time, the document mentions a $12.1 million surplus the document says "will provide room for investing in projects of strategic priority." ...

In response to a WPR request for comment on the Marquette University budget, campus spokesperson Kevin Conway said in an email that Marquette has been discussing "smart investments in new growth and innovation strategies" as it plans for a successful future, while maintaining a commitment to providing students with a "transformative education." ...

The Marquette chapter of the AAUP has submitted a resolution to the Marquette University Academic Senate that calls for a suspension of the campus' economic planning process and substitute it with a more cohesive process "that conforms to principles of shared governance." ...

In an open letter to the campus community, Marquette Associate Law Professor and Rector of the Jesuit Community Gregory O'Mara wrote that "Marquette is not a business; rather it is an apostolate of the Society of Jesus." 

O'Mara continued, saying that the university "cannot simply figure out how much money it has and then decide where to spend it." Instead, he said the administration must articulate its core values and use them as a guide to produce graduates that "have an appreciation of physical, social and spiritual reality."

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What does that mean ? 12 mil for strategic priority? Is that diversity hiring and training? That’s the rumor. So 225 lose their job instead ?

Posted by: Joe smith | Dec 18, 2020 2:03:20 AM

No college or university should cut a single faculty member (during a budget crisis or otherwise) until it first pares down its bloated administration. These schools have completely lost sight of the reason they exist...

And any remaining administrators must be required to teach (at least) one class per semester. It's time to have education that's run by actual teachers, not mindless bureaucrats.

Posted by: Kev | Dec 13, 2020 8:25:49 AM

These schools are simply using COVID as an excuse for doing things they wanted to do, anyway. They deserve whatever happens.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Dec 13, 2020 3:17:19 AM