In the 2011-12 Proposed Budget, the Office of Administrative Services proposes the following cost savings for the Office of Instruction: “Two dean’s positions will be eliminated saving approximately $280,000.” In addition, a consolidation of three separate divisions implies additional cost savings. The assumption of these statements is that the “take-home” savings from the Office of Instruction would be at least $280,000.
However, examination of a recently proposed organization chart from the Office of Instruction tells a different story. First, one of the “eliminated” dean positions reappears as an Associate Dean. Second, the new Health Professions and STEM division maintains all three Deans with no cost savings at all!
The proposed budget for the Office of Instruction has two additional surprises. One is the increase in salary for one dean as well as an increase in time for the Associate Vice-President’s position from 60% to 100%.
When you do the real math, the proposed savings of $280,000 drops significantly, to $82,529 (salary+benefits), a mere 30% of the stated amount.
What’s going on? Who is pulling the wool over whose eyes? Are the budget gurus misinformed, misleading or simply muddled?
[data from 2011-2012 Proposed Budget and Instructional Organization proposal from Office of Instruction]