Our Internal and Public Messaging about Administrative Bloat


Bonuses, both for performance and longevity, have become commonplace for higher-ed administrators at both public and private institutions. Indeed, these bonuses have become so commonplace that they now generally go unnoticed and unquestioned. But when such bonuses continue to be given during periods of great budget constraints, while faculty and staff compensation and/or positions are being cut in order to balance the budget, they sometimes do, at least briefly, attract controversy, especially when presidents attempt to justify the obvious inconsistency in their messaging.

This sort of controversy erupted a half-decade ago at the University of Toledo, when in response to state funding cuts that were a consequence of the Great Recession, President Lloyd Jacobs announced that mandatory faculty and staff furlough days would be instituted, that more (largely lower-paid) staff positions would need to be eliminated and the outsourcing of basic services to private contractors continued, and that some faculty…

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