Sorry for beating a dead horse but I just got a pdf from an aviation student that I find stunning. The information is the 15 most expensive departments in terms of salary paid to staff. Here’s the information:

Biology: Staff– 21, Salary– $1,486,000
Student Health Service: Staff– 21, Salary– $1,294,000
Social Responsibility (Masters Degree): Staff– 17, Salary– $1,218,000
Nursing: Staff– 15, Salary– $1,043,000
Chemistry: Staff– 16, Salary– $1,033,000
History: Staff– 13, Salary– $843,000
Mechanical Engineering: Staff– 9, Salary– $768,000
Earth & Atmospheric Science: Staff– 8, Salary– $595,000
Environmental & Technical Systems: Staff– 5, Salary– $343,000
Aviation: Staff– 5, Salary– $275,000
Women’s Center: Staff– 3, Salary– $175,000
GLBT: Staff– 4, Salary–$61,000

I’ve written before about the Masters degree program for Social Responsibility before so I won’t beat that dead horse. Instead, I’d love hearing the justification for staffing the Student Health Service to the tune of $1,300,000. I’d especially love hearing that justification in light of the fact that first responders could get to the SCSU campus in less than 2 minutes.

That’s before factoring in the various clinics within 3 miles of campus. Why should taxpayers be on the hook for $1,300,000 when there’s at least a half dozen clinics within minutes of campus?

These statistics show that the cost of keeping the Aviation Department open wasn’t as prohibitive as President Potter said in a speech given on 12/10/2010. Here’s what he said then:

PRESIDENT POTTER: Aviation isn’t here anymore. I want to say a little bit about why it’s not. It is not just a financial matter. Aviation is…financially, it was not successful and the cost of securing its future was prohibitive.

Given what our funding situation is and what it looks like in the future, but also we went extensively with the wrongs from the program. And the curriculum was not focused and in order as seen by the employers of our graduates and the alums who look at the curriculum.

Accreditors noted that and for two years, no progress was made. Accreditors noted the deficiency of the curriculum and for two years, no progress was made and it was my judgment that, not only financially and programmatically, did we not have a program that didn’t align with the core mission of the university successfully but that it was unlikely that it would get there.

This report is the list of programs that were recommended “or continuation of support at current levels or potentially for enhancement:”

Anthropology Major/Minor
Art Minor
Chemical Dependency Major
Chemistry Teaching Major
History Major
Hydrology Major
International Business Major/Minor
Philosophy Major
Physics Teaching Major
Public Safety Executive Leadership
Real Estate Major/Minor
Social Responsibility Master
Special Education: Developmental Disabilities
Special Education: Learning Disabilities
Special Education: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

I can understand why you’d increase funding for International Business or the Special Education degrees. Why you’d increasing funding for the Social Responsibility Masters Degree program from $1,164,000 to $1,218,000, a jump of $54,000, is worthy of extra scrutiny.

UPDATE: A loyal reader of this blog who teaches at St. Cloud State contacted me this morning. This loyal reader said “Actually, it’s a snapshot of 15 programs on campus. They may not be the 15 most expensive but no doubt they cost a ton of money.”

Thanks for that information. I stand corrected.

In his speech oof Dec. 10,2010, President Potter said “Accreditors noted the deficiency of the curriculum and for two years, no progress was made.”

QUESTION: Will President Potter make public the accreditors’ correspondence showing that the curriculum was deficient? When will President Potter produce the communications between SCSU leadership and the Aviation Department reminding them of their need to improve their curriculum? Surely they’d keep correspondence on such a sensitive matter.
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