It’s hard to do two things at once. It must be even harder to do four things at once, so why force the task on our administrators?
When Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp commissioned a Comprehensive Administrative Review to improve efficiency and save costs, it shifted a burden on Texas A&M University-Kingsville to come up with $1 million dollars in savings.
The proposals TAMUK’s committee came up with include three proposals: realigning of activities at Jernigan Library, consolidating the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education and the Department Educational Leadership and Counseling within the College of Education and Human Performance and combining the Dean of the Honors College with the position Associate Vice-President of Student Success.
The savings would free up enough money to redirect in other areas like teaching, research and service, according to provost Rex Gandy.
While it’s always important to maintain those standards, it’s counter-productive to combine positions the way TAMUK’s committee has proposed.
Combining the positions of a dean and a vice-resident of a completely different department, for example, isn’t efficient. It would only spread the administrator thin.
The objectives of the two positions don’t complement each other: the Honors College looks to find the best research and education opportunities for their students, while the Center for Student Success has much broader responsibilities of providing a seamless transition for first year students, and helping students choose majors.
Students of the Honors College would not get the same amount of attention, cheapening their educational experiences.
With each consolidation TAMUK officials decide to implement, quality of those services will go down.
Is it really worth it to merge departments and positions for the sake of saving money when students will have to suffer the consequences?
That isn’t maintaining the quality that Texas A&M University strives to offer.
That’s practically demolishing it.
Departments have been consolidated at the university already for too long. It’s time to put an end to asking too much of our administrators.
Efficiency shouldn’t be for the sake of efficiency, it should only be done if the results improve the student experience, not the other way around.