The Trouble with (Administrative) Tribbles

Larger classes. Unfilled tenure lines. Stagnant salaries. Insufficient travel funds. Dwindling supplies budgets. Higher healthcare premiums. More adjuncts. Poorly maintained classrooms. Less support staff. Fewer work study students.

Every day UIS faculty confront the effects of the “financial crisis.”

But as we struggle to offer a high-quality education with fewer and fewer resources, UIS administration has grown at an unjustified rate—especially those offices least involved with teaching students.

Office

FTEs (AY05-06)

FTEs (AY13-14)

# Change

% Change

Provost’s Office

21.3

33.75

+12

+59%

Chancellor’s Division

22.3

34.75

+13

+56%

Student Affairs

25

39

+14

+56%

Center for State Policy

21.33

29.5

+8

+38%

The Colleges (combined)

24.49

31.5

+6

+29%

Tenure-track faculty

131

166

+35

+27%

Enrollment

5769*

6234*+

+465

+8%

Sources: UI gray book; IBHE; IPEDS. *12 mo. unduplicated headcount from IPEDS database. +Last available data (AY11-12)

That’s about 1 new administrator for every 9 new students!

UIS has more administrators per professor than similar (public, masters) universities. (Experts recommend a 3:1 ratio.)

School

# Faculty per # total admins#

# Faculty per # exec. admins+

UIS

1.8 faculty to 1 admin.

2.1 faculty to 1 admin.

Northern Michigan Univ.

3.7 to 1

4.8 to 1

Western Illinois Univ.

3.9 to 1

5.3 to 1

Univ. South Dakota

4.0 to 1

5.8 to 1

Eastern Illinois Univ.

5.4 to 1

7.1 to 1

Sources: UI gray book; public info. *As defined by UIS administration #“B” class in gray book +Admins w/executive, supervisory, management role

UIS United Faculty believes our #1 priority should be securing the best possible education for our students. The research shows: faculty unions constrain administrative growth and contribute to student success
by prioritizing direct instruction costs! This leads to increased tenure-track lines, program budgets, and support for faculty development and research. Only through collective bargaining will UIS faculty gain a seat at the table where budget priorities are set.

Union? Yes!

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