Students, Faculty Target Administrators At Oregon’s Public Universities

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Students, faculty and classified staff at Oregon’s public universities and community colleges are uniting behind a legislative effort to froce those institutions to provide clearer picture of their employee rosters.

In particular, advocates for those groups want annual reports outlining the exact roles or tasks that employees in higher education are performing, with an eye on ferreting out layers of administrative or management bloat.

Spending on unnecessary management positions could be contributing to soaring tuition costs, student groups say. Or, wasteful management staffing could be forcing universities to skimp on the academic side, hiring more part-time rather than full-time professors and increasing class sizes, faculty groups say.

Unions representing classified workers — clerical and other similar staff — argue that public universities and community colleges shouldn’t be entirely exempt — as they are now — from legislation passed in 2011 and 2012 that requires Oregon’s large state agencies to report on and gradually cut down on the numbers of supervisors and managers in relation to frontline workers.

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