MCC Daily Tribune
Rumors and Reality
In a typical year, the stress of the end of the academic year can be difficult. This year, these stressors are layered on top of concerns about declining enrollment and the impact of the challenges MCC has faced this year, as well as a 24-hour news cycle that seems to careen from bad to worse. It's hard. Throw rumors and misinformation into the mix, and the stress builds. So, each day from today through the end of academic year, I'll be tackling one rumor. I have a whole list, but if you have one you would like addressed, please send it along through the portal.
Rumor: Much of MCC's budget goes to fund administrators, leaving little for faculty and staff who directly serve students.
The vast majority (approximately 83%) of MCC's budget goes to fund all personnel costs (wages and benefits). Of MCC's total 2017-2018 personnel budget, about 64% went to faculty, 23% went to CSEA employees, and 5.5% went to all administrators (about 35 employees): the president, officers, and non-contract employees. Of the remaining personnel budget, 5.3% funded retiree benefits, and 2.2% funded part-time hourly and student employees.
I want to be clear about this: the majority of MCC's personnel budget should always (and does) go to employees who work directly with students.
For this reason, my goal has been to create savings in administrative costs whenever possible. For example, in 2014, I advanced a reorganization that eliminated a vice president position and, this year, I proposed eliminating two assistant to the president positions (Marketing and Community Relations, and Title IX and Inclusion) by redistributing duties to other administrators and professional staff members. Both changes moved forward. Over time, based on the needs of our College and our students, I have also added positions to administration, for example, the role of Chief Diversity Officer. This makes containing administrative costs where possible even more important.
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