Saturday, April 30, 2005

Now Hiring: More Bureaucrats

Dartmouth has roughly 20 administrative job openings listed on its employment website.

Among the open positions are:
  • A vice president for alumni relations to replace Stan Colla '66
  • A director of planning, who would manage the current construction projects
  • A director for alumni diversity, who would work in the alumni relations office to communicate with Dartmouth's four "official" minority groups. Salary: up to $65,000
  • Two "community directors," mid-level bureaucrats who manage Dartmouth's "evolving" housing plan and occupy valuable student housing while working with a myriad of other bureaucrats to engineer student social life. Salary: up to $78,800
Salary information (available here) is unavailable for the top two administrators, whose salaries are negotiable. However, since we can assume their pay would be higher than that of lesser bureaucrats, they would probably make more than $71,300, the minimum salary of the next-lowest pay grade.

Could the $350,000 or so spent on these bureaucrats' salaries be better spent elsewhere? On a speech department, perhaps?


Anonymous said...

They could take one salary, split it, half going to the speech department, the other half going to the other open position, then hire a woman, and that will help cure the male-female pay disparity. Two birds with one stoner.

Anonymous said...

Vice President for Alumni Relations is a worthwhile position. To argue that alumni relations is mere waste ignores Dartmouth's reliance on donations (large and small) from its alumni body, and the resulting importance of cultivating a healthy long term relationship between the two entities.
However, community directors appear to be worthless. The Review should do an expose on cd's at Dartmouth. The tool who was CD in my dorm senior year did nothing (and I pay attention to these things) and was just a complete waste of space and money. The Review should covertly shadow a CD (I suggest Michael Lord) and write a big article about how little he does and how much he earns. At other schools, like one down in Cambridge (and once-upon-a time at Dartmouth) faculty live in the dorms and students gain a lot from that out of the classroom interaction. There are professors at Dartmouth who support this (Bill Summers is one, if youre looking for a source)
-Phil Mone 02

Random 04 said...

I generally agree with most that the Review has to say about the administration, but I actually have to disagree strongly with the assertion that "CD's are worthless." I agree that this may appear to be the case to the sizeable number of people who don't use their services, but as a former UGA, I promise you that there are a huge number of students whose Dartmouth experiences are infinitely better because of CDs. CD quality does vary from person to person, of course, (I happened to have the best CD ever so may be my perception is skewed) but the position is very worthwhile. Just because you didn't need/want to utilize your CD doesn't mean they are worthless.

And I don't see how providing more options to students is social engineering. Sure, it's clear that the college would like to see more non-frat social options on campus, but aren't conservatices supposed to like having many options in the marketplace to let the market do it's job? (I know I do.) Providing an alternative to frats is hardly social engineering (although the administration's effort to kill the frats certainly are).

Overall, keep up the good work, but kill the vendetta against CDs.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call it a vendetta.... just pointing out a waste of money. Your logic could easily be turned the other way.

Just because you claim that some people actually use their CDs doesn't mean that they're worth the expense. I can promise you that there is a staggeringly huge number of students whose Dartmouth experiences are entirely unaffected by the presence of a CD except for the fact that they occasionally wonder "who's that dude who lives in the basement of Streeter?" I'd be really interested in hearing more about how it is that CDs actually contribute, because when I was at Dartmouth, I was unaware that they did anything, and some of my best friends were UGAs.

More options are good, all other things being equal, but when Dartmouth is threatening to close libraries, cut sports teams, and eliminate people like the speech professor (who probably contributed more to more students' Dartmouth experiences than all CDs combined), due to what it claims is a shortage of available money, it makes sense to scrutinize how Dartmouth is spending the money it has and how it is prioritizing its resources.

That said, the other three "bureaucrats" seem to be worth the expense. I often wonder why it requires a separate person to communicate with official minority groups, but if that's what keeps the money coming in, why not?

Random 04 said...

I wouldn't call it a vendetta.... just pointing out a waste of money. Your logic could easily be turned the other way.

Just because you claim that some people actually use their CDs doesn't mean that they're worth the expense.

I don't think my logic can be turned the other way. You are attacking my factual assertions, not my logic. I didn't claim that "some" people use their CDs. I claimed that a "huge number" of people use their CDs. That's the frequent use of CDs that justifies the money. That use simply isn't always visible to the part of campus that criticisizes CDs. (Private counseling, parties or educational events you don't attend or pay attnetion to)

I basically completely agree with everything else you said. I think that the college is wasting a huge amount of money and that it should rather be spent on the things you mentioned. I simply think that from my experiences it was pretty clear that CDs weren't a waste of money. But you mention that you had friends who were UGAs so maybe their experience differed from mine (Mike Lord is a MUCH different CD than the CD I had). I'd support some sort of inquiry into the value overall of CDs - by The Review or any other group. I simply think that the inquiry will show that they actually are worth the expense.