April of last year I put in a request to my program adminiflakes for stuff to modernize and vastly improve some courses. These courses have extra fees for the students, accumulating maybe $12,000 for the AY. Supposedly, the students pay the extra funds to help make these kinds of (expensive) improvements.
I had sent the request to the under-adminiflake (UAF), summarizing the request, the justification, the background work I had done (about 40 hours total of webinars, online research and talking to vendors, along with some student piloting). I had also done some student polling: students were panting for the opportunity to use said expensive new improvements. All this info goes to UAF. Me to UAF: “Let me know what else you need from me and in what form.” UAF to me: “Oh, this is GREAT, I am SURE Senior Adminiflake (SAF) will get right on it.
April – September: [crickets]
Approximately every two weeks, then every week, from Septmember to mid-December – me to UAF: “what’s going on, UAF?” UAF to me: “Oh, it’s still under consideration - SAF and I will talk about it early next week!” after week… after week…
December 31st rolls around. I want to finish writing my Spring syllabus. I can’t until I know if expensive improvements will be in place. Me: “Dammit, can you just give me an ANSWER?? YES or NO???” UAF: “Oh, well SAF thinks it’s awfully expensive, and we don’t know anything about these new improvements, and why can’t the students fund it themselves, and maybe you could pilot it first, because maybe the students won’t like it and that would be an awfully expensive mistake.” Apparently UAF had lost all the info I had originally submitted. I did NOT have a stroke, surprisingly, even when SAF pouted and said I was “unfair” after reading my scathing criticism of the whole process.
Fast forward to a month ago: I resubmitted the request, this time with pages and pages and pages of background and justification and numbers and adminiflakey bureaucraticandy crap. I had endured by then most of a semester of student pouting about not having the new improvements (they had heard about the request from last years’ kids).
Fast forward to last week: notification from UAF that our external advisory board is coming to review us, and that the visitors want a tour through the (woefully awful) facilities SAF has refused to upgrade, and would I handle it? Oh, and by the way, my NEW upgrade request was being viewed “very favorably” by SAF. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
Oh me, oh my, the temptations faced by a seriously annoyed tenured proffie who is close enough to retirement to seriously not give a rat’s posterior about keeping adminiflakes happy ….
-- Horrible Meanie Prof