Kaler's staff recommendation: End special leaves at U

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 14, 2012 - 8:31 PM

Recommendation urges that administators returning to teaching jobs take leaves at lower faculty pay.

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yellowhoundMay. 14, 12 9:07 PM

While credit is due the new president for this recommendation, does anyone really think that this practice would be changing were it not for the paper's exposure of Brunnicks disgusting lack of judgement? I don't know how many further examples that the public needs, before fully recognizing the complete disconnect that exists between the world of higher education and the private sector.....even with this revised policy. Private company employees....take your sabatical proposal to your boss! Students and parents just keeping paying tuition increases that don't collorate with the rest of the world and somehow accept it. Wake up MN taxpayers.

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glenlivetMay. 14, 12 9:59 PM

The policy IS what the administrator can get via negotiations going in to the position. To me, generous exit deals ("retooling") are given when you're short of money up front; if the U has more money, there'll be less need for more generous exit deals. Stating that there will be a change in policy means nothing, unless the U has gone through some particularly offensive cases of abuse, i.e., take the "retooling" leave, and then either retire or take another b/s position at a different school.

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Thumper5316May. 15, 12 5:45 AM

I have maintained that sabbaticals should go away, period. People in the real world of employment are transitioning into other careers every day. The only paid time off that real people get is whatever they have accrued in paid time off. A semester to make the transition? Baloney! Time to grow up.

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bredpathMay. 15, 12 6:57 AM

I wonder how many seconds it would take my employer to decide whether or not to fire me if I asked him for a year-long paid vacation?

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roymercerMay. 15, 12 6:58 AM

How is it possible that someone holding the title of "president" needs to "recommend" a policy? My god, just decree that no one gets special leave and be done with it. Why does everyone and their brother get to weigh in on simple executive decisions? What a messed up system of governance!

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duckman716May. 15, 12 7:13 AM

Universities are not private industry and can't / shouldn't act as if they are. That said, the prior policy was nuts and vulnerable to abuse. The U doesn't grant this sort of thing to staff, just teaching faculty faculty. There is no private equivalent to that job.

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swatisedMay. 15, 12 7:21 AM

now , if we could end the same thing in corporations. as a shareholder in several large companies, I'm tired of paying D.OOfus McVeep or Shorty DeBordenmembir some massive exit bonus. I've paid them well for their career ( 300-400 times what we pay our regular staff). If we expect everyone else to "save" for retirement - then these boneheads better do it as well.

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cons61May. 15, 12 8:18 AM

It's about time!! Let's see if Kaler follows through before we commend him.

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notsidMay. 15, 12 8:23 AM

Sounds like a more reasonable approach and one that will keep the troops a bit happier as well. Any decent manager knows that it is pretty hard to justify special exceptions to policies that supposedly apply across the board to everyone. That is just basic management 101 and nothing more than that. Not rocket science at work here, folks.

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organizegirlMay. 15, 12 8:36 AM

The U is full of wasteful spending. Clean it up and you won't have to keep raising tuition.

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