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Texas A&M officials being cautious with received outsourcing funds

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:00 am

Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series looking at the finances of the Texas A&M University System and Chancellor John Sharp's efforts to find potential budgetary savings that can be devoted to the classroom.

Texas A&M has been funneling millions of private dollars from the nation's largest outsourcing contract into academics, but its also set more than $5 million off to the side to use at the president's discretion.

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7 comments:

  • obasfirst posted at 12:59 pm on Mon, Nov 11, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 660

    $4.5 million is being used to attract full-time (senior) professors, so far 4 hired, 9 offers, 23 searches going on. That's a total of 36 professors A&M. So the average salary would be $125K. That's seems very low to attract the best.

    In the mean time, class sizes are larger than ever, number of TA's is getting less and less. Is that what Sharp means by "potential budgetary savings that can be devoted to the classroom."


     
  • ftw posted at 10:08 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    ftw Posts: 1264

    Yes, and we were notified that parking rates were going up by either 20 or 22 percent in the next three years. It's not ok to increase tuition, but it is ok to increase parking. And at a rate considerably greater than inflation.

    Only at TAMU when they build new buildings, the plans do not include parking. That is a separate cost that is borne by, and added to the existing rate payers.

    And as commented below, yes, some of the better faculty are leaving. I know too many, from all colleges, that have left. It started in earnest in 2008, and continues. And considering that current planning is that 10% of the funding for faculty is returned to the departments when they retire or leave for greener pastures, refilling faculty positions is very difficult.

     
  • elf posted at 7:06 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    elf Posts: 1594

    ...and not a word about the reduced food quality and the steep increase in price at campus eateries. This "bonus" money from Compass is paid in full by increased costs and reduced values to students. I suggest Mr. Reed, that you spend an hour or two at one of the Campus eateries interviewing students. Not only should students that still eat at these restaurants be interviewed, but students that no longer eat on campus should be interviewed.

     
  • Slag posted at 2:34 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    Slag Posts: 32

    Sabio doesn't believe in the quality of an education, but would be perfectly happy watching A&M become a vo-tech.

     
  • elf posted at 12:51 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    elf Posts: 1594

    The slovenly disgruntled faculty have not had even a cost of living wage increase in four years. My job in Louisiana will start with a 43% increase in salary and start-up funds to set up my lab (in January). Apparently a person with a continuing grant and an excellent teaching record is desired in Louisiana. I am not alone in leaving. Texas A&M is becoming famous for its leavings.

     
  • because posted at 12:44 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    because Posts: 350

    Sabio, what an irrelevant and ridiculous comment, even for your standards.

     
  • Sabio posted at 10:12 am on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1700

    So, the money being saved from outsourcing is being spent to hire productive, high performing faculty. Well no WONDER the very vocal but small number of disgruntled faculty are upset! Their lack of performance is going to stand out like a sore thumb even MORE than it already does!

     

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