Northern Illinois University, where an economics faculty of 23 when I started is currently 12 or 13, has the resources for outside experts on generous expense accounts.  Apparently having a business guru on retainer is necessary to deal with falling enrollmentsConsultant Ron Walters paid $460K in 18 months, even without scheduled work.
Walters was paid $16,250 for his first two weeks at NIU. After that he was paid between $8,125 and $11,250 every two weeks until March 15, 2014, when he was paid $15,000, according to the FOIA results. Walters’ pay stayed at $15,000 every two weeks until his employment at NIU ended on Dec. 31.

Altogether, Walters was paid about $463,125 from July 15, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2014. He did not have a contract or consulting agreement with NIU, according to the results of a FOIA request submitted to NIU by the Northern Star.

In comparison, [university president Doug] Baker is paid $450,000 every year.
What expertise, dear reader, did this money buy?
Walters has worked with Baker on addressing NIU issues — falling enrollment, low retention and state funding cuts — since before Baker even officially began as NIU’s president: Walters was on campus by at least late June and Baker officially started work as president on July 1.

The two, who worked together during Baker’s time as provost at the University of Idaho, created and implemented NIU’s Bold Futures Workshops. The workshops, held during the 2013-14 academic year, brought together NIU and DeKalb community members to brainstorm ways to transform the campus.

Walters also helped in the creation of the Master Plan Thesis, a series of ideas about how NIU can be reinvented to increase campus activity. The thesis proposed planting 2,018 trees to honor the class of 2018, closing Normal Road to vehicles and establishing a more defined quad, among other things.

“Well, this was something just done in the spirit of exploring possibilities. This is far from being a plan that we will be implementing; it is simply to recognize that there are a lot of different fronts in which we need to be exploring in ways to provide better student experiences,” Walters said, according to a Feb. 11, 2014, Northern Star article.
Deanlets, deanlings, and rent-seekers, meeting and retreating. Somebody has to "facilitate" these things, after all.  And a state audit suggests the travelling expert was improperly reimbursed for travel expenses.

The good news is, the faculty have been prodded enough to push back against administrative usurpation.
University Council will hear a request from the faculty to increase their presence on the program prioritization task forces.

The Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment heard a presentation on program prioritization by Provost Lisa Freeman. In her presentation, Freeman said the Board of Trustees’ role in program prioritization is to manage costs within the university as well as provide an affordable education for students.

At the meeting, Faculty Senate President Bill Pitney said the faculty had agreed they wanted more representation on the task forces, which will evaluate academic and administrative programs.

Associate art professor Barbara Jaffee motioned Wednesday for the Faculty Senate to recommend proportional representation on the task forces as well as have the task force members be selected by the colleges. The motion was seconded and brought to a vote, passing with 25 yeas, 10 nays and four abstentions.
Fourteen administrator wannabees, the way I see it.

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