Sunday, January 25, 2009

Voting off the Academic Island

We're going through a process to help decide which programs get to survive the budget cuts, and which don't. It's a huge process, and everyone has some part to play.

One of my parts is about reading a report and responding with recommendations. This afternoon, I started to read the report, on a handsomely designed special Island letterhead.

Given the budget cuts and all, I can't help but wonder how much the special letterhead cost. Everything from the Big Marble Hall building these days comes out on special, handsomely designed letterhead, each unique to whatever cost cutting office it's representing. We're not talking about the English department letterhead, which says in a very basic print, "English Department" and then our address. Nope. We're talking special graphics, flowing letters designed around an Island design.

I'm guessing the design folks over in the Big Marble Hall building are making themselves invaluable, and can't possibly be cut.

1 comment:

  1. We just got a letter from our dean outlining cost cuts our university is making.

    I was impressed to see that the dean is himself taking a 10% salary cut. Hoping, of course, that I won't have to do same...

    We have a suggestion box system for recommendations for cuts from employees - perhaps your place could do the same and you could recommend nixing the letterhead.