A new memo hit my paper mailbox earlier this week.
Applications are being accepted for the anticipated position of associate vice provost for academic outcomes assessment.  This position reports to the vice provost for academic planning and development.
Probably important to have such lines filled.  You can't get good interim help these days.
[Moorhead State spokesman David] Wahlberg said the university started sending out fall of 2013 acceptance letters in the fall of 2012. But the mistake wasn’t caught until last week, when the new interim admissions director and interim vice president for enrollment management were familiarizing themselves with MSUM’s policies.

“They looked at the files and it didn’t seem to make sense to them how that happened,” he said. “They looked at it further and realized that a mistake had been made.”

Wahlberg said university officials are still taking steps to correct those mistakes, and to figure out just what happened. But he said the problem boils down to the school not being uniform in applying its acceptance standards to these applicants.
But administrative expense-preference behavior can lead to  institutional dry rot.
Only 42 percent of the campus agreed that “the climate at [Appalachian State] supports and promotes academic freedom.”

Also alarming to the university is that 30 percent of tenure-track faculty revealed they are currently seeking employment at other institutions.

“Every institution would expect some movement by faculty, especially Assistant Professors, as they find the right mix of conditions to develop their careers. However, such a large number suggests widespread discontent with the institution on a broader level,” the report stated. “With 52 percent of the assistant professors in Arts and Sciences and 42 percent in the College of Education seeking other employment the ability of departments and programs to develop a stable curriculum is diminished. Such large numbers raise concerns about ASU’s future.”

Fifty-nine percent of respondents stated they did not find the resources available for supporting faculty research adequate and 60 percent of respondents expressed concern of financial support for faculty development not being adequate.

The financial concerns expand far beyond just faculty development too. Over three-quarters — 76 percent — of tenure-line respondents stated they did not feel that the salary and benefits at ASU are sufficient to attract and retain high quality employees.

“Over many years I have worked long and hard for essentially no financial reward beyond keeping my job. The University has escalated salaries and benefits for new hires so much more rapidly than it has for us old hands. Regardless of the fiscal realities of the system, none of us can continue to regard ourselves and our contributions to ASU as truly valuable if there is never any ‘reward’ for our work,” wrote one of the respondents in the open-ended questions portion of the survey.
But headquarters disregards what the hired help is saying. I'll bet the pay-raise policy is "look for a better job, we might match it."
Concern was also raised over the administration’s respect of faculty governance with 62 percent of full professors saying they did not feel the provost respects faculty governance. Fourty-four percent stated they did not feel the chancellor respected faculty governance.

“The present administration runs roughshod over faculty governance. The fact that the chancellor rules against the faculty in every single grievance proceeding tells you all you need to know,” wrote one respondent.

“To put it simply, the issues that interfere with the realization of the measures of job satisfaction tend to show up in the survey as negative influences on morale. This survey has highlighted some of those negative influences on morale in the hope that recognition is the first step toward rehabilitation,” the report stated in its conclusion. “The institution clearly has some areas where it needs to improve.”
It's a hope, but what's the over-under on Appalachian State filling an anticipated position for an associate vice provost for administrative expense preference first?

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