Great data (archive here).

0) This is wonderful information. Kudos again to Provost Bill Lenhart for making it public.

1) Scariest part of this chart if you are not a faculty member? There are no staff numbers for 2010/2011!

Look at both what is there, and what is not there.

At the beginning of the crisis, the College hoped to avoid lay-offs and cuts in financial aid. Throughout, Morty/Trustees seemed, if anything, to consider the financial aid the most important part of the budget, the last thing to be cut. And, yet, we have cut it by adding loans back in. I bet this means that there will be lay-offs. And, if I were Adam Falk, I should would like those lay-offs to be announced before my arrival! If not, then the natural timing would be after the trustee meeting in April or during the summer when the students aren’t around to complain. You read it here first.

If Williams could be an amazing college with 655 staff in 1999/2000, it could do the same today. The sooner decrease total staff by 25 to 75 people, the more quickly the budget will be in equilibrium.

2) I have been saying for years that the College needs to freeze total staff size. Too many people work at Williams. We may not need to fire anyone yet, but we should certainly institute a hiring freeze and start giving people some not-so-nice choices about what jobs are actually available.

3) Somewhat strange to see faculty spots measured to two decimal places. 88.98 full professors in 1999-2000? (Yes, I know that these are FTE, but you should just round to the nearest whole number.)

4) Kudos once again to Morty/Trustees/Administration for dramatically increasing the size of the faculty. I am very glad that this was done, especially since it forces the College to cut costs elsewhere. In essence, Morty locked the College into spending a lot on faculty, thereby providing the immovable object against which other costs (handy summary here) will/should be cut. The only real problem is that the College might, instead of making these desirable cuts, reduce financial aid. That is the main battle now.

5) I am excited to see the dramatic drop in visitors and part-timers. It should go further and faster. (And, yes, Williams is doing what I suggested here and here.) I still think it ridiculous that the basketball teams have two assistant coaches each.

Also, it would be nice to understand this number in more detail. How many are visitors and how many are part time? How many athletic and how many academic? Regardless of those details, going from 65 last year to 45 next year is a good start. Aim for 25 the year after that. Take the money you save and give the permanent faculty a salary raise.

6) If Williams could survive — indeed even win the Directors Cup! — with 23 coaches in 1999/2000, it would be fine with 23 coaches today. Harry Sheehy and Lisa Melendy should be coaching, not sitting around an office all day. Coaches should have head coaching responsibilities in more than one sport.

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