New website cites FaST Survey results

A new website offering alternative analysis and commentary to the OSU community has published a lengthy article on the problem of administrative growth at OSU. It cites the results of the Academic Wellness Survey; specifically the responses to Questions 4 and 6.

It seems that much of the faculty opinion expressed in that first survey has been factually corroborated by a recent University Senate report on the administrative growth at OSU (in comparison to other peer institutions). The Senate report is also discussed in the article.

Survey 2 Summary

  • Q1

    ASC’s purposes, revenues and costs are aligned

  • Q2

    Culpability for the ASC budget crisis

  • Q3

    ASC’s budget transparency

  • Q4

    OSU’s budget transparency

  • Q5

    Faculty participate in ASC’s financial decisions

  • Q6

    OSU/ASC admins funding for instruction within ASC

  • Q7

    OSU/ASC admins commitment to academic and research excellence in ASC

  • Q8

    OSU admin preserves the financial integrity of ASC

  • Q9

    OSU/ASC admins vision of ASC’s financial future

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Survey 1 Summary

  • Q1

    The teaching environment in ASC has been improving over the last five years.

  • Q2

    Research and scholarship have been improving over the last five years.

  • Q3

    OSU’s budget model has served ASC well.

  • Q4

    OSU’s senior leadership has served ASC well.

  • Q5

    The concept that OSU is a business and should be run using corporate strategies and practices is a useful one.

  • Q6

    Over the last five years, the bureaucracy at OSU has…

  • Q7

    During your time here at OSU, faculty participation in the governance of academic affairs and initiatives, faculty hiring, etc., has…

  • Q8

    The idea of ‘monetizing’ OSU’s assets (e.g., the recent 50-year lease of the parking facilities, and the planned sale of OSU’s power plants and power grid) is a good one

  • Q9

    OSU’s major investments in the Discovery Themes is academically sound, and will serve the University well in the long run.

PowerPoint Presentation summarizing the survey results

Discussion of ‘Academic Wellness’ at OSU

Help us to interpret the first survey. Clearly there is a strong consensus on nearly every issued raised, be it the ‘corporate’ vision of the university, the growth of bureaucracy, the quality of OSU’s senior leadership, and the impacts on our educational mission.

View the 810 page PDF containing the complete responses

The full set of documents associated with the survey may be found here.