I recently became aware of a fairly significant disparity between the base budgets for NDSU and UND. I must confess that I do not pay all that much attention to those sort of things…mostly I just pay attention to what I get paid and whether the funds to complete Minard Hall will be allocated. I trust that all the minutia of budgets is handled by brighter minds than mine. But when I learned that UND’s base budget from the university system was somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 million dollars more than NDSU’s budget I must confess I suddenly became a lot more interested in budgets. 16 million dollars is a lot of money. Do you know how many faculty and staff positions NDSU could add for 16 million dollars? Uff dah – that is a big chunk of change.
So now I find myself wondering how that disparity is justified. I look at what an economic driver NDSU is for not only the State of North Dakota, but also for the region and I can’t help but think that someone at the university system level slept through their economics class (and hey, if it was before 10 AM - I can express empathy). I am inclined to ask the university system – WTF? Oh…and so you know…WTF today stands for “Where’s The Foresight?”
Could it be that the folks who submit these budgets and bless them are clueless as to NDSU’s current impact? Was the budget model set decades ago when NDSU had less students and less impact on the state and region’s economic well-being? Is there some kind of misplaced favoritism going on here?
Unfortunately, I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. As I said before, I have not been paying attention to such things. Yeah, well that’s going to change. I may have missed that early morning economics class as well, but I have enough wits about me to know that something about that disparity just isn’t kosher.
Day eight hundred and eighty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da