Budgets are being cut again here at NWU; supposedly our beloved state had budget problems, and the state university system is where such problems get balanced.
We're running pretty lean here, but cuts are happening, and more are on the way.
Word is out that each department chair is having an individual budget meeting with the Dean, and getting the word on cuts, and the word is painful. So says my friend who had her meeting already.
The bad news in Underwater Basketweaving is that their job search for a Deepwater Specialist is cut. They've sent out letters to all the applicants, more than 100 of them, explaining the search's elimination. And all that time faculty put in, staff put in, to prepare and start reading the applications, all that time is gone.
Why didn't the Dean make that decision a month ago? Instead, the signals the basketweavers got was full steam ahead, until it wasn't, and then it was a complete turn around. Not a complete surprise, because everyone knew it was a possibility, but a turn around.
If the Dean decided a month ago, then that would have saved faculty time, but also the time of 100 plus candidates, all of whom spent (in all likelihood) a goodly bit of time preparing their letter for the UB department's ad.
So, I'm grumpy.
But. I'm not supposed to know. Yes, the cancelled searches seem to be being kept secret; I only know this one because I know the staff person who had the unhappy duty to send out all the cancelled job letters to the applicants.
It seems to me, the secrecy thing is really unhealthy. We're in this together, and we should all learn in a timely manner of decisions that affect us, shouldn't we?