Chancellors at Five UW Schools Receive Raise — But How Did They Earn It?

The inspiration for this post was a Wisconsin Public Radio article describing the raises the UW Board of Regents approved for 5 different chancellors.

The question that immediately jumped to (my) mind was, “How many of those chancellors really deserved their raise?”

Question 1) One metric of sound stewardship is budgetary figures. Logically, a well-deserved raise would be a portion of the increased revenue brought-in by the chancellor — or at least, by his or her lackeys.

(I’ll address those budgets in further detail after enrollment, because typically “student headcount” determines the maximum allowable budget, not vice-versa.)

Question 2) I delved into enrollment figures to see how attracted or repelled students were by the results of the chancellor’s management. Absent any obvious “scandal,” a continual decline in enrollment is the clearest indicator of mismanagement.

Question 3) Also, were there any scandals during any of the chancellors’ tenures? To what extent did this top-down supervision produce more “oversights” than insights?

Successes from 2016 Inform Policy Priorities for 2017

Although I “took off” from blog posting in 2016 — barring an opportune “No-Future, Mad Grads Fashion” post on the Zazzle Designs and Observation Blog — I was -extremely- busy year-round!

-Accomplishments from 2016-
In order of magnitude, I did the following throughout 2016:

1) Establish, write content for, and produce the WPR Rebuttal call-in Internet radio show (live podcast). This was a new challenge, as previously most of my mass communication had been written / typed / keyboarded.

Speaking around a set of talking points, in real-time and without the luxury of a call screener or post-production editing, improved my ability to improvise with focus. I also reduced verbal pauses and increased the clarity of my speaking voice, mostly by adjusting prosody and inflection.

2) Write op-eds — and get them published! The Capitol Times published two of my op-eds in 2016: One critiquing the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation’s ineptitude; the other reminding aspiring college students to be skeptical when nonprofit universities portray themselves as success-breeding grounds.

3) Test the extent to which my ongoing work experience has improved my occupational prestige, by (unsuccessfully) applying for positions in my industry that would utilize my college degree. It’s been over 5 years with my terminal degree, and -nothing- yet resembling a “knowledge-worker” job has been conferred to me. Ergo, this formula:

Degree + Experience = Bust, even for the most persistent among “unwanted” grads. -Don’t- believe that earning another degree will change -anything!-

-Plans for 2017-
1) Write my higher-education skepticism book. Because if I don’t write it, seemingly -no one- will!

2) Write more often: Not only to progress on the book, but also to keep these blogs “alive” and active with fresh content.

3) Get on more radio shows. Even before I’ve finished the book, my public education and outreach objectives remain in full force — which means getting onto established platforms to express my message.

-One Abandoned Goal-
Writing posts in response to Internet forum topics: Although this would somewhat suit my mass-communications goal, it would not do enough to fulfill that goal, due to the cloistered nature of certain Internet forums.

Of course, such forum activity would take away time from posting to both this blog and my AJV Blog, so don’t expect to see me rouse the forums until I’ve finished my book. (My primary forum-going goal will be to promote the book.)

-Fitting Blogging Into All This-
You know how you get paid to work a “Palooka job,” whereas you do -not- get paid, on the balance, to earn a degree?

Well, it’s -almost- the same thing with blogging: It can quite a lot of work for little-to-no-pay; but unlike a college degree, you do -not- pay thousands of dollars every year to “enjoy” the privilege!

However, I’ve breached the “critical threshold” for media exposure relating to my cause of higher-education reform. Blogging was just the beginning — and now that I’m on radio shows and debating the “experts” on their own turf, I’ve plenty of timely news on the Higher Education Accountability Movement.

I’ve garnered unparalleled attention to my crusade to make nonprofit universities more candid and numerically complete about the potential student’s individual likelihood of under-employment. Skeptics are warming to the idea of surveying recent graduates en masse for each campus and student characteristic — which shall soon become commonplace practice.