Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Albany Law School Will Terminate Some Faculty Members in Order to Cut Costs
Glorious News!: On February 11, 2014, Albany Business Review published a piece entitled “Albany Law School offers buyouts to faculty” - by reporter Megan Rogers. From the opening:
“Albany Law School is offering buyouts to faculty so its payroll better matches the school's declining student enrollment.
While Albany Law School's enrollment decreased by about 200 students in the past ten years, the size of its faculty has remained steady at about 50 full-time faculty. Last week, the board began efforts to downsize, offering a voluntary buyout program for tenured and long-term contract faculty.
The buyouts are a starting point for cost-reductions and the board will have a better sense of potential cuts when it determines how many faculty members take the buyout this spring, said Daniel Nolan, chairman of the school's Board of Trustees. Nolan also is president and CEO at Hugh Johnson Advisors LLC investment firm in Albany.
The board acknowledges that Albany Law School's situation marks a structural change, Nolan said, and will seek other reductions and new sources of revenue.” [Emphasis mine]
It is great to see that the board realizes - and publicly admits - that this is a fundamental restructuring. In a just world, they would take a wrecking ball to this toilet. Near the conclusion, Rogers noted:
“The school wants to reduce faculty size rather than lower admittance standards to raise revenue. Albany Law School is the second lowest in the state for bar passage and lowering enrollment standards as employment opportunities dwindle would be "unethical," the board wrote last week in a letter to faculty members.
"Cutbacks are very, very hard. But what is motivating everything about what I'm doing is my student-centric approach," [dean Penelope] Andrews said. "Albany Law School and law schools exist to train students and it's all about the students."
Enrollment fell from 821 students in 2003-04 to 617 students in 2013-14. This year, applications are down by about 15 percent compared to the same time last year, Andrews said. The challenge isn't making sure students apply to Albany Law School, but making sure they enroll.” [Emphasis mine]
In other words, if enrollment continues to drop at Albany Law Sewer, then further buyouts and faculty cuts can be expected. This is a wonderful day!
Other Coverage: On February 4, 2014, the New York Law Journal posted an article from John Caher and Tania Karas, under the headline “Albany Law Offers Buyouts to Offset Lower Enrollment.” Free registration is required to view the full contents. At any rate, take a look at this opening:
“Albany Law School and some of its professors are at odds over plans to reduce faculty size due to declining enrollment, giving rise to a broader question of whether the institution should lower its standards to save jobs.
The school on Monday offered buyouts to up to eight longer-tenured and higher-salaried professors. At the same time, the Board of Trustees, in a statement, and the law school's dean, in an interview, flatly rejected an idea, apparently promoted by some faculty, to lower admissions standards.
"A review of our declining bar passage statistics (we are now the second lowest law school in New York State for bar passage), combined with the extremely difficult employment market for our graduates, compels us to believe that we must focus on quality of applicants, not quantity," the board said in a memo Monday to faculty. "To admit students in order to increase revenues due to projected operating deficits would be both unethical and in violation of ABA standards."
Penelope Andrews, dean and president of Albany Law School, said in an interview that any discussion of lowering standards is off the table.” [Emphasis mine]
The school was nice to offer such buyouts to the academic swine. It’s not as if any of these rats has done anything useful in their position. Of course, the "law professors"/parasites wanted to lower admissions "standards" further. Yes, these cockroaches truly care about the students, right?!?!
Now look at this excerpt:
“The memo from the Board of Trustees, distributed by its chairman, Daniel Nolan, made clear that "the voluntary buy-out program announced today is but one step in a comprehensive strategy designed to bring operating costs in line with anticipated revenues." It said the board "will continue to assess the school's financial condition to determine what other measures might be appropriate as we move forward."
Andrews said it is unclear how many faculty positions need to be cut, either through buyouts or layoffs, and depends on several factors, including admissions, the number of students who drop out after the first or second year and other variables.
"There is no fixed number that will fix the situation because it is so fluid," Andrews said.”
Again, this is merely a single step in keeping costs down. It’s great to see the law school pigs sweat their tiny balls off. Thank all of you for helping to spread the truth about the law school scam. Applications and enrollment have fallen for years, because of our collective efforts.
Conclusion: The administrators and Board of TTTru$TTTee$ at the 132nd greatest, most amazing and terrific law school in the United States have begrudgingly accepted the fact that they must toss many of the overpaid pigs out on their useless asses, if they want to stay in business. Don’t buy the high-minded reasons given by the school, for this move. This is about survival. As we all know, faculty compensation - including benefits - is the biggest expense at ABA-accredited diploma mills. That is the reason why law school tuition is so damn high. It’s about time that the administrators start trimming the fat, where it will actually make a difference!
Posted by Nando at 5:36 AM