“Administration costs at the University of Alberta have doubled since 2000-01 and have quadrupled since 1994-95.
With university budgets as stretched as they are, money spent on administration is money not spent in the classroom. In 1987-88 the top 25 universities spent 65 per cent of general operating funds on instruction and non-sponsored research; now only 58 per cent is spent on teaching, meaning some $30 million has been deflected from the classroom.”
(For the full article by Erin Millar, go to http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2010/04/01/the-high-cost-of-status/.)
It is time for us to ask, urgently, how it is that we can be spending so much on the Administration of the University? And how is that the members of our Administration cannot, in this time of crisis for the Faculty of Arts, find in the 42% of the University budget going to Administration and “governance” (about $316 million total) the $1.5 million necessary to save support staff positions in the Faculty of Arts? Can we not also expect our Administration to find in the “pie” for next year another $1.5 million from the projected expenditures for Administration and “governance” to save faculty positions in Arts, and keep any of our programs or departments from suffering attrition or being closed? Surely at this time of budgetary crisis, it is expenditures on “Administration” that are the luxury, and not expenditures on those who are doing the core work of the University by teaching our students, or supporting students and faculty in those activities in the daily running of departments.
The University of Alberta’s Operating Budget for 2010-2011 can be found at:
A similar document for 2011-2012 will presumably be available sometime in the late Spring.