One measure the university is considering when evaluating programs to kill is whether they could be self-supporting without university support. That could be difficult for NIU Press, as university funding is about $320,000 of the $750,000 total budget for the press.Via College Insurrection.
Peter Berkery, executive director of the Association of American University Presses, said via email that association members were concerned about the situation at NIU, and that the press there shows the importance of smaller academic publishing outlets.
"AAUP [referring here to the trade association, not to the professors' union] appreciates the exceptional pressure the state of Illinois’s ongoing fiscal crisis is placing on its public universities," he said. "But to discount the relevance and impact of NIU's press because of its size seems incongruous. Indeed, NIUP’s pre-eminence in the field of Slavic studies serves as an outstanding example of the disproportionate contribution a small university press can make to both scholarly communications and an institution's reputation."
By taking my pension, I got to miss all the hassles of program prioritization at Northern Illinois University. While the Washington Monument Syndrome might be at work in the haircuts recommended for football and cheerleading, the relatively successful Northern Illinois University Press is not enough of a profit center for the algorithms and rubrics.