Bennett Hall’s fine article, "Tight Budgets Pinch OSU," is an old story. Back many years ago, Oregon State University ran short of around $7 million and faculty were asked to take a short-time pay cut due to the incompetence of an OSU vice president. The economy was booming then as it is now. It never catches the attention of our Legislature that tax receipts are up, unemployment is low, and OSU has bungled its budget again. State Rep. Dan Rayfield and state Sen. Sara Gelser should insist upon an outside forensic accounting firm to go over OSU’s books for the past seven years.
For instance, the past provost and Presdient Ed Ray incurred a $20 million to $30 million cost overrun for the new Peavy Hall funded by industry and Oregon General Obligation bonds. Is the OSU administration to make us believe it had no impact?
If the past means anything then singular courses will be combined to create one marginal course, thus devaluing curriculum for many degrees. Firing instructors did not work last time. Larger class sizes mean teaching to the lowest common denominator, as it does in K-12. Now, Ed Ray wants to blame PERS and medical costs, which is scapegoating. Blame the unions next? Maybe the lower enrollment has a lot to do with the cheapened quality of education and meaningless grade inflation.
Unemployment will come in June and surprises will land on everyone else July 1, 2019. It is the summer massacre all over again.
Happy Go Beavs.
Corvallis (April 5)