What’s going on at CSU-Pueblo?, Part 2.

19 12 2013


“A one-time infusion of cash from the Colorado State University system won’t help what’s ailing CSU-Pueblo, system officials said Wednesday.

The Belmont campus is reeling from an announcement by President Lesley Di Mare that $3.3 million needs to be cut from the fiscal year 2014-15 budget, which could come at a cost of up to 50 positions throughout the campus.

The primary culprit is lagging enrollments, which have been on a decline since 2012.”

Jeff Tucker, “One-time cash fix won’t help CSU-Pueblo,” Pueblo Chieftain, December 19, 2013.

Breakdown of Instructional Costs at CSU-Pueblo:

Instructional Costs

Instructional Costs vs. Athletic Costs at CSU-Pueblo:

Screenshot 2013-12-19 12.11.19

The Administrative Flow Chart at CSU-Pueblo:

Screenshot 2013-12-09 14.07.50

CSU-System Reserves:

Screenshot 2013-12-09 13.53.37

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13 responses

19 12 2013
Jonathan Rees

If you’re wondering where I’m getting all this stuff from, the answer is Howard Bunsis of Eastern Michigan University. I first heard Howard at an AAUP Summer Institute maybe five years ago, and the experience was life-changing. He called his presentation, “Your University Is Not Broke!” and ever since then it’s been hard for me to take any administrative budget discussion anywhere without a gigantic grain of salt.

We invited Howard to our Colorado AUUP annual meeting earlier this month. As he prepares for these presentations by reviewing the public data of the universities of people he knows that will be present, I lifted those last two slides from him then. When news of budget cuts at my home information hit, I asked for the university’s most recent submission to the government database IPEDS and sent it to Howard. The first two charts come from the report he produced in less than a day, which relied on that data and other public sources that Howard knows how to find.

If your college is having any kind of budget debates, I recommend you get Howard to visit ASAP. The man is a national treasure.

19 12 2013

Football is the tail that wags the dog.

19 12 2013
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19 12 2013

According to Tony Frank (president.colostate.edu/campus-messages/2012-10-1-stadium.aspx): “Hughes Stadium is in need of maintenance, $30M over the next decade at a minimum.”

That’s $3+ million a year right there, sunk into rape culture and concussions.

20 12 2013

No kidding. Even “funnier” (If by “funny” you understand I mean tragically ironic) is the fact that they’re raising money right now to build a superfancy multimillion-dollar stadium on campus. This stadium has been consistently opposed by the faculty, of course, but who cares what we have to say?

20 12 2013
Jonathan Rees


Here’s a joke that Ray Hogler (from your business school), sent me yesterday:

“You obviously need an on-campus stadium and a winning football team. Oh, wait . . . .”

CSU-Pueblo, of course, has both.

22 12 2013



Update us when you can about what’s going on, willya? I haven’t heard anything from the AAUP chapter up in FC since Steve Mumme and I exchanged some emails last week.

19 12 2013

I worked at a college with an open budget process for a couple of years, and it was truly an education to see the budget process. We need to let the NFL run its own minor league system and separate football from colleges. (I’d be happy to separate all but intramural and lifesports!)

20 12 2013
Contingent Cassandra

Indeed! I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon, especially at football-mad universities, but I think Spelman college will ultimately be seen as a trendsetter — and that, in a decade or three, “we don’t spend much money on athletics” will be at least as much as a selling point as “look at our football team! [but don't look too closely]”

One thing I like I about my university’s still-relatively-new president is that he’s openly countering student requests for a football team (we don’t have one; we do have basketball) with “are you willing to pay — and ask your classmates to pay — the increased student fees that would be necessary?” I’d like to see universities like my own — relatively young, with fewer entrenched athletic-related traditions — go in the Spelman direction, and advertise the fact. We’re already known as a good value, so that would make sense. The only thing I’d personally miss is the band (and there are separate band competitions, so we could probably keep them).

However, I’m not holding my breath.

20 12 2013

What can the rest of (for whom this particular bell will toll if not now, then all too soon) do besides make a fuss?

20 12 2013

Reblogged this on As the Adjunctiverse Turns and commented:
more on Colorado, @CSUPueblo— this is about all of us, NTT or tenured

22 12 2013

Am I missing something here? This is necessary because enrollments have been on a decline since 2012? As in they declined the previous academic year and declined again this academic year and that in and of itself requires slashing faculty and staff? That seems to be an awfully long term “solution” for potentially a short-term problem. And what’s being done to increase enrollments / see why enrollments declined?

I mean, there are a lot of other things here that are ridiculous – the falling percentage of the budget spent on instruction, the huge and rising cost of football, the complete lack of any serious consultation, the fact that the Colorado system as a whole is not in massive financial need – but that also sounds like a completely made up “crisis” at this one campus

26 12 2013
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