I just learned that one of my friends in administration at another school has lost their job due to the budget cuts.
Back when I first got to know this friend, when they were here, what I learned from them made me rethink administration. I would say something about having a good class of students, and they'd say "you're welcome" because they were involved in recruiting students.
Let's face it, without administrators, admissions folks, registrars, you name it, the university doesn't exist, just as it doesn't exist without faculty, students, maintenance folks, and so forth.
It's easy in the abstract to think about cutting administrative positions. And indeed, I can think of a few I think we should cut. But it's also important to recognize that these folks, too, work hard and help make the school what it is.
And when it's a friend, someone you know works hard, is smart and energetic, ethical and humane, that makes you really think about how bad things are here, and how much worse they're getting.
It feels like we're in mourning around NWU these days, at least among the faculty and staff. I talked the other day with an adjunct colleague about what was happening, and this person, too, will be out of work here at the end of the semester.
I don't think the students are feeling it yet, but I saw a poster up for a summer school course for a language that basically said that there would be fewer courses offered next year and they'd be larger, so this summer is a good time to fulfill the language requirement with this course.