Monday, November 07, 2005

A Budget is a Moral Document

Sojourners President Jim Wallace asserts that one should recognize the country's budget as a moral document. It would seem equally true that an institution's budget, especially a Christian University's, would also be a moral document. A budget is a manifestation of the beliefs and ideals that an institution holds dear.

It is with this in mind, that the editors present the salaries of the Presidents from other colleges and universities of similar size and stature of the University of Dubuque. Given the tenuous financial history of the University of Dubuque, one wonders if the current allocation of salaries truly reflects a correct understanding of Christian values? If the goal of the Wendt initiative is to create an environment where strong moral character is cultivated, how does the asymmetrical budget of the University of Dubuque correspond to the Wendt initiative goal?

Area Schools and Salaries of Presidents:

$98,196 Blackburn University President Miriam R Pride
$151,524 Loras College President John Kerrigan
$165,000 Cornell College President Leslie H. Garner
$170,000 Central College President David Roe
$176,364 St. Ambrose College President Edward Rogalksi
$177,786 Coe College President John Phifer
$176,985 Simpson College President R Kevin Lagree
$177,043 Buena Vista University President Frederick Moore
$187,635 Luther College President Richard Toregerson
$225,896 University of Dubuque President Jeffrey Bullock

All of these salaries are from 2004 990 tax documents that are public records and readily available from Guidestar after an initial free signup. For more information on our sources and methodology please see our methodology page


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it absolutely disgusting that President Bullock makes that much money when so many of the faculty and staff do not. Just think, if one were to disperse simply $25,000 of his salary among the students, staff, and faculty. He would still be making more money than anyone on the list. I know students that have to hold two jobs or neglect personal needs just to afford to go to UD. In fact, I know students that go Bio-Life to sell their own plasma just to afford books. Something needs to change.

Monday, November 07, 2005 6:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are professors on the UD campus with doctorate degrees (and some that have been terminated) that make approximately $40,000 a year. These are respected,admired men and women who are "in the trenches" trying to give every student an equal education. If one is sitting in the Ivory Tower, of course one would miss the real issues and serious challenges these men and women face. Some students can't read at a functional level, some are brought from other states to play football and have no idea that they came to get an education. Alcohol abuse is rampant and yet the admin. turns its well paid head and acts like the "Golden Rule" is a viable solution. Take a many students KNOW the Golden Rule? I don't. I just know I'm going to be in debt for the rest of my life while Dr. Bullock preaches character. If I could, I'd laugh, but it makes me want to cry.
By the way, how about someone use some of the Wendt money to hire a full time staff person for the 9-midnight shift in the library to do crowd control? The athletic coaches drop their boys off to "study" and the place is bedlam. What a joke, foul language,rap a library. Some character.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 8:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UD's character mission says something about truth and the golden rule. I have heard rumors that those responsible for this website are going to have serious consequences. For what? For speaking the truth, for organizing already published facts on a site, and leaving their sources? Doesn't sound like a promising cases Jeff.
If UD is concerned about character they need to focus their attention first on their faculty. They must first "practice what they preach." ( did I site that phrase right? I wouldn't want to be get caught up in plagiary.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 9:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Students are sick of hearing about character, ethics and morals. I just wonder how effective it is when it is taught but not followed through with example....Dr. Bullock has done a lot for this school, and some may argue that he deserves his money- for how much he tries to help boost the endowment. The thing I think is happening here is that people forget that this is a school, not a business. Bullock has made very smart business moves in the past years, but clearly the academic choices are not as well thought out. Now that the student population is growing, I think the school needs to turn to the students and ask what direction is this school going from a student perspective...because it starting to slope down hill in the eyes of some.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 8:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be relevant to pursue the issue of the way the composition of the UD student body has changed in the last few years, since the Transformation. Bear in mind that the faculty now has little meaningful input regarding admissions standards. When a faculty member serving on a faculty advisory committee brought up student quality as an issue a few years ago, he was chastised by UD administrators. The following year, President Bullock acted to dissolve the faculty advisory committee.

UD faculty struggle to serve the increasing number of under-prepared, under-motivated students. When these students complain that they find, for example, a math class to be too challenging, UD academic leadership responds by urging the faculty member involved to "improve communication" with students.

This situation puts the quality of UD academic programs at risk.

Monday, November 14, 2005 10:45:00 AM  

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